The Jewish Leadership Council has appointed David Levene, a former Executive Member of the City of York Council who is an experienced political and not-for-profit campaigner, to the newly created position of Yorkshire and east coast External Affairs Manager. The role will be based at the Leeds Jewish Representative Council offices.
David has worked at the highest level of York’s City Council since 2012, and was the youngest person ever to attain his position. In his new role as Leeds External Affairs Manager, David will facilitate on-the-ground practical advocacy in Leeds and across Yorkshire and the east coast. He will also support local leaders and assist political engagement.
The Leeds based external affairs role is the final appointment to three positions that have been created as part of a wider JLC programme to invest in and support Jewish communities in the regions, with two similar field workers, Marc Levy and Peter Speirs, also in place in Manchester and Glasgow respectively. A further two external affairs managers are also planned to support community infrastructure and campaigning capabilities in major Jewish centres across the UK.
David will work in close partnership with local communities and will report to the JLC’s Director of External Affairs, Bernard Hughes, who will ensure consistent and co-ordinated strategy across the country.
David Levene said:
I am very proud to represent the JLC as External Affairs Manager and work closely with the Jewish Community in Yorkshire and the east coast. Having been involved with the community in York, it is an honour and a privilege to be awarded the opportunity to continue similar work elsewhere in the country.
Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the JLC, said:
This key strategic role will be instrumental in bolstering the Jewish community in a key part of the country, making sure they have an organised and reliable point of contact with which they can raise advocacy issues and provide a forward planning resource for the local community. David is perfectly suited to the role, one in which I am sure he will flourish.
Laurence Saffer, President of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council said:
We are delighted to welcome David to his new role. We are sure he will be a great success in supporting and developing the existing community engagement infrastructure across the region.
David can be contacted on 07758 739099 and at email@example.com