Meet The Team

Darryl Lee

Darryl joined Manchester Maccabi 30 years ago just wanting to play football……!! In 2000 he, with others, started the Brooklands project which culminated with the club being opened by Sir Bobby Charlton in 2006. Since that time Darryl has been an active fund raiser putting on all sorts of events and came back as chair of the club in 2018 . Darryl has also been very active in amateur football and has managed Maccabi GB at various age levels 5 times in various international Maccabi games. In his spare time he is a football referee and is a cryptic crossword and quiz fan-he won the Weakest Link a number of years ago. None of this would have been possible without the support of his wife Vicky and daughters Hannah and Katie. He was awarded an MBE in November 2019 for services to the Jewish Community and other Charities.

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Bernie Yaffe

Bernie has been married to Cheryl for 37 years and has two daughters

Ilana living in London and Georgina in Manchester.


After graduating Bernie qualified as a Chartered Accountant, soon after leaving to start a 28- year career with the breakfast cereal Kellogg Company.


Over the course of his career with them, Bernie held numerous roles rising to Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer serving on the European Board. Bernie also spent a couple of years in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier in his career too.


Since taking early retirement in 2009, Bernie has taken on a number of non-executive roles, various consulting assignments, in addition to immersing himself in a number of communal charitable endeavours.

Bernie is also currently Chairman of the Kelloggs Great Britain Pension Fund. He also served as non - executive director of Regatta Ltd, recently stepping down after 10 years from their board.


In 2010 Bernie joined the Board of Heathlands Village prior to its merger with The Fed becoming Hon Treasurer of the newly created Federation of Jewish Services. Bernie also serves as a Director and Treasurer of Manchester Maccabi. In 2014, Bernie together with 3 others founded NWFOI serving with the others on their Steering Group as well as their Treasurer. In November 2018 Bernie became Chair of The Fed taking over from Mark Adlestone.


A proud and passionate Zionist, he visits Israel at every opportunity where he also has a home. Other interests include running, watching ManU, collecting 60’s vinyl soul music and being somewhat of an amateur DJ with the Tel Aviv Soul Club. 


Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard Bernstein is the former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council (1998-2017) and former Head of Paid Service for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (2011-2017).  A strong believer in the transformative power of cities and one of the chief architects of Manchester’s well-documented urban, social and economic resurgence over the last four decades, Bernstein now serves as a strategic advisor to several public, private and academic institutions in the UK and internationally.


Over a distinguished career in public service, Sir Howard was instrumental in a range of projects and initiatives benefitting Manchester, Greater Manchester and the United Kingdom.  This has included significant improvements in transport and other infrastructure across Greater Manchester, the long-term regeneration of disadvantaged parts of Manchester in partnership with government, the private sector and local communities, and cementing Manchester’s status as a thriving hub for sports, culture, media and creativity and an active player in promising fields such as advanced materials, life sciences, informatics and translational medicine.   


Sir Howard is widely recognised for his pioneering use of innovative financial instruments, planning mechanisms, governance arrangements and public-private partnerships to attract investment, accelerate development and deliver marked improvements in social and economic outcomes for people and businesses in Greater Manchester.  This assertive approach has also been evident in the devolution of significant responsibilities for transport, planning, housing, skills, health and social care services from the UK Government to local authorities in Greater Manchester in recent years, including the piloting of ground-breaking new models for the delivery of health, social care and early intervention services at the neighbourhood level.


Following his retirement from the Council in 2017, Sir Howard was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Politics and a strategic advisor to the University of Manchester.  He is also a strategic advisor to Deloitte, an Honorary President of Manchester City FC and President of Lancashire County Cricket Club.


Sir Howard was knighted for his services to Manchester in 2003.      

Steph  Wilks

Steph Wilks first became involved with Maccabi when playing for the Rounders team in the late 80's. She was a member of the exec that built the facility at Brooklands and for the last 13 years has been centre manager. There have been many changes in that time and she is now looking forward to the next phase of establishing Maccabi as a major community hub.


Michael Sacks

Michael has been involved with Maccabi since joining the under 11 football team in 1998. Since then he has been a regular around the club whilst building a property career during his day job. Michael is pretty much obsessed with football and you’ll usually see him out on the pitches training the senior football teams.

Aaron Levin

Aaron joined Maccabi in March 2020. He has vast experience in event management. When he isn’t planning events, you can find him on the football pitches! He is excited to contribute all he can to make sure Maccabi stays as a major community hub.


Vikki Goldstein

Vikki has a passion for volunteering in the community and in 2019 received a Special Recognition Award at The Manchester Jewish Community Awards. She is a Governor at King David Primary School and is also co-founder of the Young Jewish Leadership Academy. She has been a volunteer on the Maccabi Executive Committee for the past year and a half and has very recently taken on the role of Fundraiser at the Club. Vikki is excited to see Maccabi enter a new phase of growth and is looking forward to being a part of its successful future. 

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Sophie Behar

Sophie joined Maccabi in June 2020. She bring experience of her background in HR and Project Management. She is proud of her role as the lay person on the Maccabi Exec, being the ‘none sporty one’ out of the committee! Her passion is to see the Club develop further into the sport and social epicentre of the community.


Kathryn Levy

Kathryn has been a part of the Maccabi family since her teens (along with her immediate family) when she played netball which she has only recently retired from. She is passionate about getting girls involved in sport and still plays for the rounder’s team with her daughters which they love. Kathryn is proud to be part of the new executive and hopes her enthusiasm and skills from her day job as a continuous improvement practitioner will help support and guide the club for a strong future. She is excited for the club’s future plans and the progress made so far. 

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Ben Brownson

Ben has been involved in Maccabi since the age of 4 – having represented the club at Junior and senior level on the football pitch.

He has most recently represented the club as a successful member of the Maccabi Great Britain delegation at several international games for golf as an athlete and now as Chairman of Golf.

He joined the Executive Committee in early 2020 and is delighted to be part of a team looking to build upon its position within our community.