Jonathan Arkush is a barrister and mediator specialising in property, commercial and probate law.  He has a part-time judicial position as a deputy Chancery Master in the High Court of England and Wales.

His communal involvements have included the campaign for Soviet Jewry, chairmanship of his community in Borehamwood & Elstree, chair of the steering group to establish and subsequently chair of governors of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and vice-chair of the steering group to establish Yavneh College, a new Jewish secondary school.

He was elected Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies in May 2009 and chaired the Board’s Defence Division for two 3-year terms until 2015.  His responsibilities included defending the community against anti-Semitism, discrimination and any threat to Jewish faith and practice in the United Kingdom, and to forging deeper understanding between British Jews and other faiths.

He was elected as President of the Board on 17 May 2015 in a contest in which all three of the Board’s Vice Presidents stood for the office.

He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


Richard Verber was recently elected Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies, the youngest ever by twenty years, where he chairs the International division. He works professionally for World Jewish Relief, an international development agency and was the co-chair of Limmud Conference 2013. He is on the board of Vscheme which encourages student volunteering and on the steering group for March of the Living UK which takes young people to Poland. He also supports Manchester United.


Dr Sheila Gewolb DL has represented Cardiff United Synagogue on the Board of Deputies since 2009. She chairs the Community and Education division which focuses on supporting Jewish communities across the UK, working to protect Jewish faith schools, and on outreach education, which aims to educate non-Jewish children about all aspects of Judaism- our faith, culture and practices.


Elected in May 2015, Marie chairs the Defence and Interfaith Division of the Board of Deputies dealing with the defence of Jewish freedoms, rights and security. The priority areas include antisemitism, racism and extremism as well as shechitah, brit milah and work place issues. She leads on interfaith issues as well as supporting the Union of Jewish students in their work on campus. Married with two girls, she is a solicitor specialising in employment /equalities law and a Partner at Gordon Dadds LLP.