Neshomo is chaired by a psychiatrist and staffed by qualified and experienced mental health practitioners.

Daniel Nissen

Clinical Manager & Male Outreach Worker​

Daniel is the Clinical Manager and male outreach worker for Neshomo. He oversees the different services that we offer and and is the first point of contact for the male services as well as supervises the male befriending program. 

Professional background:

Daniel is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in private practice and High-Intensity Counsellor in the NHS.  He holds a Masters in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies and is also a Systemic Practitioner working with families. Daniel also has rabbinical ordination.  

Racheli Bass

Female Outreach Worker​

Racheli is the female outreach worker for Neshomo - she is the first point of contact for any females that contact the service. 

Professional background:

Racheli is an Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice (BACP accredited), specialising in anxiety, depression, trauma and sexual abuse. Her qualifications include B.Sc. Psychology and Counselling, PGDip Applied Psychology and MA Counselling from the University of Manchester. Racheli has researched Mental Health issues within the Jewish Community, including Autism, Domestic Violence and the impact of the Holocaust.

Shulamit Chesner

Female Outreach Worker​

Shulamit is part of the female outreach team.  She is involved in the recruitment of volunteers as well as helping with the smooth running of the befriending service.  Shulamit has worked for Neshomo since it was founded and is a volunteer befriender for Neshomo as well.

Professional background:

Shulamit has experience working with a Gateshead charitable organisation - GJFS, and worked for the Gateshead Council for several years assisting and informing families in the community on matters such as wellbeing and education.  Shulamit also worked for the FED in their Project Smile department for under 21's and their families.

Estelle Gillis

Link Worker

Estelle is an external observer and advisor for Neshomo. She has initiated several processes used within this service and has strong links with various community resources both statutory and non-statutory.

Professional background:

Estelle recently retired from her position as Senior Practitioner for Occupational Therapy within the Mental Health Services of Salford. Estelle worked within the NHS in Occupational Therapy for over 37 years in a variety of mental health clinical settings. She is a volunteer for many organisations, engaging with various ages. She has a DipCOT (Diploma of College of Occupational Therapy) and is HCPC registered.

Aviva Nissen


Aviva is the Administrator for Neshomo.  Aviva ensures the smooth running of our service, in particular ensuring that our befrienders are DBS checked and references are checked. 


Aviva has extensive experience working within the charity sector and currently helps run a charity called Club Tikva that supports children with social and  emotional  difficulities and their families.

Aviva has a BSc in Speech and Language therapy.

Leah Raffles

Project Manager


Leah is the Project Manager for Neshomo. She is working "behind the scenes" to set up, coordinate and facilitate the smooth progress of projects.

Professional background:

Leah is a qualified social worker and has a PhD in Applied Social Science. She has been project manager for a Children’s Centre and has worked in a variety of fields in and out of the charity and education sector.



Dr David Marshall


David is a consultant psychiatrist, retired from the NHS after working for 25 years in North Manchester General hospital.  He now sees patients privately at a medical centre called Perrin Clinic in Prestwich.  David deals with people with a range of conditions, including anxiety and depression; and mental illness (psychosis and OCD) .


David has been very involved since 2015 in helping to set up Neshomo and its development to the present.

David trained in Liverpool and Manchester and has MB, ChB, DPM, MRCPsych qualifications.

Pat Joseph 


Pat has spent her career as a consultant community pharmacist and as a prescribing support pharmacist.  She is a serving Manchester Magistrate.


Pat volunteered as fund raiser and Governor for a local Jewish school for many years.  She works for Emunah and has edited the Kiryat Gat Calendar for the last five years.


Her qualifications are B.Sc. MRPharmS , Dip. Comm. Pharmacy

Elaine Marshall


Elaine has been a trustee for Neshomo since it was first founded. 

Elaine is a retired community pharmacist and is currently working as PA/Admin for a medicolegal company.  She also previously worked as a  marriage counsellor For JMC Manchester for over 20 years.

As well as helping Neshomo, Elaine volunteers for a charity packing clothes for Israel families and teaches children who need extra help after school. 

Linda Ross 


Linda assists Neshomo with admin and HR advice, as she was a HR manager for more than 10 years with a Care Home in London.  She also assisted staff in her children's primary school to get the benefits they were entitled to.  


She saw how anyone can suffer from poor mental health, at any age, and regardless of their financial situation.  She is especially aware of the emotional pressures on women who live with the stresses and strains of living with fertility problems.

Clive Moss-Barclay


Clive has spent most of his career working for the NHS in senior hospital and managerial positions as well as a Director in Community Pharmacy.


Clive has occupied a variety of voluntary positions including School Governor and Executive Member for a number of Jewish Charities including the Jewish Association for Fostering and Adoption and the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester.


Clive retired from the NHS in 2015 and is currently a Trustee for Neshomo, the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation and the Number One Boys Club. 

Clive has BSc, MSc and MRPharmS qualifications

Michael Lowe


Michael joined Neshomo as a trustee in April 2021, having retired from IBM in February. The majority of his career has been spent in technical IT roles, specialising in enterprise grade software used by most of the UK retail banks. He also spent four years as a Technical Sales Manager at IBM.


He continues to do some freelance IT training and also teaches English as a second language. Formerly a Foundation Governor at Broughton Jewish Primary School, he is a member and trustee of Shomrei Hadass synagogue, Prestwich.

Neshomo is endorsed and supported by Rabbi Kestenbaum, Rabbi Eisenberg, Rabbi Walker and Dayan Westheim זצ"ל