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Jewish Leadership Council appoints Joint Interim Chief Executives

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) is delighted to announce that Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes are to be appointed Joint Interim Chief Executive Officers with effect from 23rd June 2020.

To ensure maximum continuity, current Chief Executive Simon Johnson has agreed to remain with the JLC as Company Secretary and as a consultant until the end of the year.

Claudia is currently the JLC’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs. She has led her team on some of the most significant moments our community has seen for generations. She joined the organisation in 2011 bringing her expertise in policy, public affairs and relationship building.

Michelle is currently the Executive Director of Lead, the Leadership Development division of the JLC.  She has brought her strengths in organisational and strategic development as well as relationship building to enable success for teams and individuals across communal organisations. 

They will be taking on this role alongside their existing responsibilities. Simon has been CEO Since October 2013. He announced on 1st February 2020 that he intended to step down. 

Commenting on the appointments, Jonathan Goldstein, the Chairman of the JLC said: “We are delighted to introduce new Interim Leadership for the JLC to give us continuity, advance our strategic projects, led ably by David Davidi-Brown, and to maintain the efficiency of our operations. Having spent considerable time with both Claudia and Michelle, we are of the view that they have the full complement of

skills to guide the JLC through these challenging times building on the excellent platform developed by Simon.  The Trustees are enthused about the impact this change could make.

We also wish to thank Simon for his sterling service over the years.  He has led the JLC with distinction.   We will be sorry to see him go and wish him well for the future” 

Claudia Mendoza said “It is a tremendous honour to be leading the JLC with Michelle through this difficult period. I am hugely proud of our community and my priority will be to magnify and amplify the voices of our members, many of whom are exemplars of the very best of civil society”.

Michelle Janes said “It is with pride and honour that I am able to bring my varied skills and experience to lead this organisation along with Claudia.  Our members are at the heart of all we do and together with them we will strive to strengthen and support the growth and development of our wonderful community”.

Simon Johnson said “I am delighted that Claudia and Michelle have been appointed to act as Interim CEOs. They have both been hugely valuable colleagues, well respected amongst the members, in the wider community, and beyond.  I am thrilled that their talent has been recognised as leaders of the superb JLC team. They will do an outstanding job and will be extremely well supported by Director of Community Strategy, David Davidi-Brown. I am pleased to remain as Company Secretary of the JLC until the end of the year to ensure the timely handover of JLC’s outstanding governance”.

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