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Board of Deputies new chief executive revealed

May 7th 2014
The JC

The Board of Deputies has appointed former Labour minister Gillian Merron as its new chief executive.

Ms Merron, 55, who served as the MP for Lincoln for 13 years until she lost her seat in the 2010 election, joined the board of Liberal Judaism two years ago and was appointed a vice-president of the Jewish Leadership Council last year.

Her arrival in July will give the Board an experienced politician at its helm with an insider’s knowledge of government. She was a health minister in 2009-10, after previous roles as under-secretary in the Department of International Development and the Foreign Office.

She said: "It is an honour to have this opportunity to serve our community in such a key role. I am proud to be on my own Jewish journey, taking up the exciting challenge of working with the Board to defend and promote the interests of the Jewish community."  Read more