The JLC has appointed Marc Levy, a long term member of the Manchester community, to the newly created position of External Affairs Manager for the North West.
Marc Levy joins the JLC following a successful ten year spell at a legal firm. He has a long history of close involvement with the Jewish community, including membership of a Youth Committee for Magen David Adom, and attendance at the UJIA Leadership Course 2014/15. He is also a founder member of North West Friends of Israel.
The North West manager Marc will facilitate on-the-ground practical advocacy in Manchester and across north-west England. He will also facilitate greater support to local leaders and assist with the engagement of political and civil society. Britain’s metropolitan hubs are due to become even more important with the introduction of new powerful Mayor roles and the JLC is committed to ensuring that the Jewish voice is hear in these power structures.
In his new role, Marc will facilitate on-the-ground practical advocacy in Manchester and across north-west England with local representatives. He will also facilitate greater support to local leaders and assist with the engagement of political and civil society. The Manchester external affairs role is one of three that have been created as part of a wider JLC programme to invest in and support Jewish communities in the regions. A further three external affairs managers are also planned to support community infrastructure and campaigning capabilities in major Jewish centres across the UK.
Meanwhile in Scotland, The JLC has provided The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Glasgow Rep Council with a full time external affairs professional to support the existing great advocacy work of both communal organisations. Peter Spiers, The new Scotland Director will work as a resource for both organisations and will sit in the Giffnock Shul – he will provide the capacity for long term planning and advocacy. The JLC has involved the Rep Council and SCOJEC at every stage of the appointment. The appointment of Peter Spiers was a unanimous choice of all three organisations.
Peter has worked in politics for over six years, both at Westminster and Holyrood. He began his career working for Scottish Labour’s parliamentary business manager, before organising campaigns in the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections. He then moved to work with Margaret Curran and the Parliamentary Research Service at Westminster, before returning to Scotland as a campaign organiser for the Better Together campaign. He volunteered on Jim Murphy and Liz Kendall’s leadership campaigns. Most recently, he worked for Scottish Labour’s Justice Spokesperson, Graeme Pearson. He has been passionate about the community for as long as he’s been involved in politics, and is looking forward to working with the community on the many issues facing it. Peter will start work on the 20th June and will be based at the all the main Scottish communal organisations at the Giffnock Community Centre in Glasgow.
The JLC would like to extend its huge thanks to Paul Morron (outgoing President of the rep council) and Micheline Brannan and Ephraim Borowski from SCOJEC for their help during the recruitment process. The JLC Scotland Director will work very closely with the SCOJEC and Glasgow Rep Council Presidents.