Women in Jewish Leadership has now set up two main steering groups and is working with communal organisations and individuals on a wide programme of initiatives, including mentoring, skills training, communications and governance. The Equality Support Group (ESG) has been working with women from a range of backgrounds on proposals for the Award for Change: a ‘kitemark’ process for organisations to redress the issue of gender imbalance in their governance. Initial plans were presented to both the London-based CEO Forum and the JLC Council of Membership and several organisations have already expressed interest in participating. The Award for Change encourages and supports organisations to undertake their own journey to develop an internal strategy for change, aimed at attracting more women into leadership positions. Each participating organisation will work with WJL individually on an agreed agenda for improving and achieving gender equality. Organisations that make changes aimed at redressing their gender imbalance will be awarded a kitemark that marks them out as beacon organisations that welcome diversity. Simultaneously, a series of communally led development opportunities and courses, tailored to women’s needs, will offer preparation for women ready to step up to senior leadership roles. The challenges facing our community now require a far more diverse leadership approach which must include more women as contributors if it is to address the entire breadth of communal issues. By recruiting from a wider talent pool, we will develop decision makers for the future who are truly representative of the community they serve. A nationwide consultation process has launched to inform our proposals and to help us cement plans for our pilot study which we hope to launch in 2014.