Gillian Merron is a Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council.
A member of Liberal Judaism’s Board of National Officers, responsible for the external affairs portfolio, Gillian is an active member of the Lincolnshire Jewish Community.
An advocate and advisor for improved public health across Europe, focussing on tackling obesity and improving children’s health, Gillian is also Chair of a national transport consumer body.
As an involved volunteer, Gillian is a dresser for the North London based charity Dress for Success, helping disadvantaged women to get into work, and is a Prince’s Trust mentor supporting young people to overcome exclusion. As a student, Gillian was a volunteer on Kibbutz Nachshon.
Throughout her 13 years in Parliament as MP for Lincoln, Gillian served as a Minister and Senior Government Whip. Experienced at the heart of government, she held office as a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Cabinet Office, Transport, and as Minister of State for Public Health.
Whilst in Parliament, Gillian worked in support of the Holocaust Education Trust and Labour Friends of Israel. The first serving parliamentarian to undertake a VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) placement, her experience in Guyana, where she worked to improve the quality of children’s education, inspired the establishment of a VSO scheme for serving MPs and Peers.