Jewish Leadership Council Appoints Simon Johnson As Permanent Chief Executive

The Jewish Leadership Council ("JLC") is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Johnson as its Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Simon has been acting as Interim Chief Executive since 28th October.

Mick Davis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the JLC, commented:

The Trustees were unanimous in their decision to offer Simon Johnson the position of Chief Executive on a permanent basis and we are delighted that, after his high profile career in sport and media, he has committed himself to the JLC. Simon has rapidly gained the confidence of the Trustees and the Council of Members and has already had a positive impact on the JLC’s activities. We look forward to continuing to take advantage of his expertise and enthusiasm.

Simon Johnson commented:

I am honoured that the Trustees have asked me to become permanent CEO of the JLC and am grateful to the Board for their expression of confidence. I have had nothing but positive feedback since taking on the interim role and am delighted that all sides think that it is in the JLC’s long term interests to make this position permanent. I am excited that we share the same vision for the JLC and what it can do for the community.


1. The Jewish Leadership Council is an umbrella body for Jewish Community institutions. It currently has 25 member organisations, whose senior lay leader sits on the Council of Members. The Council elects a Board of Trustees. The JLC's role is to address the strategic challenges of the community and to work in close partnership with its member organisations.

2. Simon Johnson has had a twenty year career in media and sport. He was Director of Rights and Business Affairs of ITV (1994-2003), Director of Corporate Affairs of the Football Association (2004 – 2008), Chief Operating Officer of England’s Bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and has run a successful sport consultancy business with clients including the Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board. He is Chairman of Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue.

3. Simon will remain as a Non-Executive Director of the Amateur Swimming Association