Vivian Wineman is the President of the Board of Deputies and therefore the ex-officio Chair of the JLC’s Council of Membership
Vivian was educated at City of London School and Yavneh Rabbinical Academy where he read Rabbinics. He then read History and Philosophy at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge.
Subsequently he qualified as a solicitor gaining honours. He was articled at Berwin Leighton (now BLP) in the City and then became a partner in Clintons, a West End practice. He set up his own firm, David Wineman, with a partner which he ran for just over 25 years. It grew to be a 10 partner firm until he merged it creating DWFM Beckman in 2008. He served as a partner and ten a consultant in the merged firm until 2011.
He has appeared on the radio and published various articles on legal topics and topics of Jewish History as well as a book on the Contracts Rights of Third Parties Act 1999 published by the Estates Gazette. For a number of years he was a licenced Insolvency Practitioner.
In addition to running his own property investment and development company he has been an underwriter at Lloyd’s of London since 1984 currently underwriting through his own Nameco and Limited Liability Partnership. He is honorary legal counsel to the High Premium Group of Names at Lloyd’s.
He has lectured on Jewish History both at the Spiro Institute and Limmud.
He is currently President Board of Deputies of British Jews – the umbrella body representing Jews in the UK and Chairman of Membership Council of The Jewish Leadership Council – the umbrella body representing Jewish institutions in the UK; He is Vice President of European Jewish Congress where he holds the portfolio on anti-Semitism and Jewish demography. He has been active in Inter Faith work as a Vice Chair of the UK Inter Faith Network and has been made a Knight of the Royal Order of Francis I for his work in this field. He is also a Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial day Trust and a member of the Goodwill Guidelines Committee of the Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany. He previously served as senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies and was Chairman of its Defence and Group Relations Division. He was also previously Chairman of the New Israel Fund UK.
He is married with 3 children and lives in London. His hobbies include cycling, skiing and mountain walking.