Trustees of PHET

Trustees of PHET

Nick TarshNick Tarsh OBE - Chairman

Nick Tarsh is Chairman of the Trustees of PHET.  He was at Polack’s House between 1947 and 1952.Nick is retired having spent 34 years in the international tourist industry his company having received a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1983.  He was called to the bar in 1957.Since retirement he has been involved as Chairman, Treasurer and Trustee in a number of charities and received an OBE “for services to Relate, Charities and the Community in Richmond, Surrey”.He was President of the College from 2009 - 2011, having been a Council member from 1995 until 2011.At Clifton he was Head of School, Head of Polack’s House, Captain of Rugby in 1951 and 1952, Cadet Captain and was awarded Fives Colours.

Nick became a Trustee of PHET on its inception in 1992.


Michael ZiffMichael Ziff

Michael was born and raised in Leeds.  He was educated at Clifton College in Bristol (Polack’s House 1966 to 1971) and following that at Leeds University. 

From University Michael worked for Slater Walker and Debenhams, before joining the family footwear business, Stylo Barratt, as a Director and then in 1990 became Chief Executive Officer and remained so until its closure in 2013. Subsequently he has become the owner and investor in a franchise brokerage business. In 2004, he became a Director of Town Centre Securities plc, a property company in which his family have a substantial interest.

Michael has a well-established name within Bradford, Leeds and London especially within the Retail, Property and Charity sectors . He is involved as an advisor and mentor to a number of businesses and charitable concerns.  Michael was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford in recognition of his business achievements for his contributions to the City and District of Bradford.

As a keen sportsman, Michael enjoys running and has competed in the London Marathon and other 10K / half marathons a number of times raising substantial sums for charity. He is also a keen cricketer and attended the Maccabi Games as Chair of Junior Cricket in 2005, Chair of Junior and Open Cricket in 2009 and as Chair of the Maccabi GB 2013. Michael is also an avid supporter of both Leeds United FC and Yorkshire County Cricket.

Michael became a Trustee of PHET on its inception in 1992. 


Olivier Meyohas Cropped

 Julian Saipe

Julian was a music scholar at Clifton College 1982-1986. He was Head Boy at Polacks and influential in promoting music throughout the House. Following a career as an Opera Singer, Julian became Managing Director of Zafferano Catering in 2003 and has since grown the business to become one of London’s leading event and party caterers.


Oliver Meyohas (1)Olivier Meyohas 

Olivier Meyohas has spent 25 years working in financial services.  He spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs, where in his last role he co-headed the Pensions Advisory Group. In 2008, Oli joined Blackstone, where he is a Senior Managing Director and co-head of their Hedge Fund Solutions group in London.

Oli was at Polack’s House between 1983 and 1987 and at Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1989 to 1992 where he read Modern History.  At Clifton, he played in the School football and tennis teams and was one of the meaner ping pong players!Oli is married with four children and lives in Chelsea.

Olivier became a Trustee of PHET in 2011.


John MocattaJohn Mocatta

 John Mocatta was at Polack’s House between 1949 and 1954.  After National Service in the Royal Artillery he read law at Oxford and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  For 18 years he held a variety of roles, mostly at Board level, in banking, commerce and industry.  He then set up his own corporate finance boutique, particularly aimed at smaller quoted companies.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director of red24 Plc, where he is Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committees

John became a Trustee of PHET in 1994.


Andrew ThornhillAndrew Thornhill

Andrew Thornhill was Chairman of Council at Clifton from 1994 to 2010 and instrumental in setting up the Trust to secure the continuation of Polack’s. He is a former President of the College.

He is an “Honorary Polackian” and in working life works as a QC in London specializing in tax.  He is anxious to preserve Jewish life and education at Clifton.

Andrew Thornhill became a Trustee of PHET on its inception in 1992.


Matt BlackMatthew Black

Matthew Black is a Fellow of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years’ experience in the sector. He is a Senior Director at CBRE specialising in development and regeneration in East London. He was responsible for the land assembly strategy for the 2012 Olympic Park.

 Matthew was at Clifton between 1975 and 1983 in both The Preparatory School and The Upper School. He was Head of Polack's House in 1983.

Having grown up in Harrogate he now lives in West Hampstead with his wife Stefani and son and daughter.

Matthew became a Trustee of PHET in 2011.


Jesse RomainJesse Romain

Jesse Romain was at Clifton College between 1988 and 2000 and in Polack’s House between 1995 and 2000. He was Head of Polack's House and Deputy Head of School.  After leaving Clifton Jesse went to Leeds University to study Spanish followed by a Masters at Cass Business School.  He qualified as a chartered surveyor at LaSalle Investment Management.  Jesse is now the Director of a private property investment company and works in London and Bristol.

Jesse became a Trustee of PHET in 2011.


Alan KarterAlan Karter

Alan Karter is a lawyer qualified in Scotland and England. For 23 years until the end of 2011 he was a partner in the international law firm Simmons & Simmons.  In 2012 he was appointed Head of Legal Affairs at Arbuthnot Banking Group in London.

Alan was at Polack’s House between 1968 and 1973.  He was Head of Polack's House, Head of School, captain of athletics and vice captain of rugby. Alan was a member of the victorious Polack's House Cock House rugby team in 1972.

Alan became a trustee of PHET in 2011.