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in conversation with...

                                                             ... Jack Berkovi

                                        Professor Margaret Harris talks to the founding chairman of HGS U3A

        f you are one of the 500 or    several years to Luxembourg   working as Head of Brand &   jazz pianist who has twice taken   designed and built a computer-  groundwork for the launch of
      I so local residents who are   working for an American global   Client Care with accountants   the stage as a guest at Ronnie   controlled OO-gauge model   the HGS U3A was actually done
      members of Hampstead Garden   corporation serving the   Grant Thornton UK. He   Scott’s. He is a keen chess   railway, which his grandchildren   by Jack on his mobile phone
      Suburb University of the Third   construction sector – a world-  augmented his wide experience   player who was Rotarian   enjoy when visiting.  during his thrice-weekly dialysis
      Age (HGS U3A), the name    wide role enabling me to work   in the business world by   London Chess Champion for   Jack’s numerous and varied   sessions. Yet, he looks well and
      ‘Berkovi’ will be familiar. You will   with people from a range of   researching and publishing a   two years running; and he has   skills and interests and his many   he feels well. Finally he added
      know Daphne Berkovi as the   national backgrounds and to   book entitled “Effective Client   created and marketed two   professional and leisure-time   “I am delighting in the new
      friendly and efficient organiser   manage international   Management in Professional   games – one an educational   achievements mean that it   relationships, opportunities and
      of events. And you will know   businesses. On my return to the   Services” (Gower, 2014).  maths game ‘Nubble!’ and the   comes as a real surprise when   challenges which have opened
      Jack Berkovi, Daphne’s husband,  UK I worked in Marketing   I asked Jack about life   other ‘City of London, the Board   he mentions quietly, and in   up for me through my
      as the quietly spoken Chairman   Consultancy and completed a   outside of work, and found that   Game’ which was sold to raise   passing, that he is coping with   privileged Chairmanship of
      of HGS U3A, fronting members’   Masters in European Marketing   he is not a man whose life has   funds for the Lord Mayor’s   two chronic illnesses, and has   HGS U3A and look forward to
      meetings and ensuring that   Management.” Jack explained   been focused only on his career.  Charities. Jack also revealed that   been doing so for many years.   its continual development on
      business is conducted smoothly.   that he finished his career   He is an accomplished modern   in his loft at home he has   In fact, much of the   the Suburb.”
      But few people in the Suburb
      will be aware of how much
      more there is to Jack than his
      public persona at the helm
      of U3A.
         Jack and Daphne moved to
      their Suburb cottage from their
      family home in Watford in 1999.
      They were both still working
      but wanted to reduce on
      commuting time and be closer
      to opportunities in London.
      They had no prior knowledge of
      the Suburb but they were
      drawn to its peacefulness and
      country-like features. Jack
      recognised from his professional
      experience of design, that the
      built environment here is
      quite exceptional.
         Jack explained that his
      formative years were spent in
      South London. “After graduating
      in Mechanical Engineering, I
      joined the management team
      at Procter & Gamble. After that
      I worked for American multi-
      nationals, gaining business and
      problem-solving expertise.
      Jack explained that this led to
      senior project management and
      marketing positions, heading
      up multi-disciplinary teams.
      “I moved with the family for

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