The Board of Deputies has made two key appointments as it continues to strengthen its professional team.
Joel Salmon has joined the Board of Deputies as its Parliamentary Officer. Joel has had previous work experience with Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer, the then MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow. Last year, he was the runner-up in the election for the Union of Jewish Students presidency. Joel’s responsibilities will include taking forward the Board of Deputies’ work in Parliament, providing the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, and supporting the work of the organisation’s Defence and Group Relations Division, particularly in terms of campus affairs. He takes over from Sophie Dunoff, who went on to become the Chief Operating Officer at the University Jewish Chaplaincy.
Anthony Silkoff joins the organisation as its Interfaith and Social Action Officer. Anthony will join the Board of Deputies in late August after an impressive early career in the field, with experience including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Save the Children, the OneVoice Movement and UnLtd. He has also had work experience in India, Cambodia, Ghana, in the Home Office and in Parliament. He will support the development of the community’s relations with groups of all faiths and none at both local and national levels, as well as developing the community’s considerable contribution to social action and social justice causes. Anthony takes over from Rabbi Natan Levy, who has gone on to work on developing capacity in faith communities as Head of Operations at the Fayre Share Foundation.
Commenting on the appointments, Board of Deputies Chief Executive Gillian Merron said, “I am delighted to welcome Joel and Anthony to the Board of Deputies. They join our strong team of professionals in our eight-person Public Affairs Team, expertly led by Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg. I would also like to pay tribute to Sophie and Natan, who have gone on to great things in the service of the community.”