Stephen Pack is the President of the United Synagogue, having been elected in July 2011 and re-elected in July 2014.
He grew up in Cockfosters in North London where his parents were founder members of the Shul. In 1973, Stephen married Cheryl Klyne. They met at Manchester University where they both spent four years. Stephen and Cheryl moved to Hadley Wood in 1977 where they still reside. They have two children, Susannah Jacobs who lives in Muswell Hill with her husband Yoni and two children, Mazhira and Arye, and Anthony who is currently in Yeshiva in Israel.
Stephen has been a Trustee of the United Synagogue for nine years, six as a Treasurer and three as a Vice President. During that time, he has been Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and been closely involved with the Religious Affairs Group, US Schools, P’eir, new communities and many matters involving individual Rabbis and shuls. Stephen also represents the US on the JLE committee dealing with Jewish Education. He is also a Trustee of the Chief Rabbinate Trust where he is responsible for the financial side of the Charity.
Stephen is the Life President of the Hadley Wood Jewish Community and together with Cheryl, has been responsible for nurturing the community from its early days when it met in the Pack household, to its current state of a full member shul of the United Synagogue. Stephen regularly leads the davenning and was appointed an Elder of the Community in 2010. He was Chairman of the Cockfosters shul for several years and prior to that was their Financial Representative.
Outside of the Jewish sphere, he was President of the Hadley Wood Association for over 10 years.
Stephen has a Masters Degree in Business Finance from Manchester University and Manchester Business School as well as a Bachelors degree in Economics and Accounting. He joined Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before being made a partner in 1984. He initially specialised in audit and was responsible for two of the firm’s largest FTSE 100 clients. He was later appointed Director in charge of operations for the audit practice and their London office. Some years later he helped to establish a new global business process outsourcing division and following the sale of that business, he moved into management consulting. In that role he led many transformation programmes for large clients helping them to achieve their strategic objectives. He was appointed Head of Risk and Quality for the UK firm (which by then was the largest professional services firm in the UK) and led a team of 180 professionals dealing with all aspects of risk, quality and compliance for PwC.
Stephen retired from the firm in 2010 and within a few months was headhunted by another major firm to assist them with their risk and quality organisation.