New Board president to address lack of female leadership

Sunday’s election resulted in first all-male officer team at the organisation for 15 years


Boys' own: Board of Deputies incoming officer team: (from left), Ben Crowne, Andrew Gilbert, Phil Rosenberg, Adrian Cohen, Jeremy Michelson

Board of Deputies president-elect Phil Rosenberg is looking to find ways to promote female leadership after Sunday’s election resulted in an all-male officer team.

Rosenberg, who will take up office after Marie van der Zyl in June, defeated Amanda Bowman, Sheila Gewolb and Michael Ziff for the presidency.

In a statement on Thursday, he said that while the new team was “broad-based in terms its skills and expertise, it is of some regret that it has turned out to be an all-male cast”.

He added, “We have been giving urgent attention to this matter over the last few days and have been developing ideas as to how we ensure strong and visible female leadership going forward. I have asked the staff team to organise a meeting with all female deputies in the first week of the new triennium, so that we can identify barriers and find the best solutions.”

He also said he had been in touch with the other presidential candidates and “opened pened discussion about the future roles we wish them to play. The conversations have all been very positive and some exciting ideas are emerging.”

Senior vice president-elect Adrian Cohen will chair the Board’s international division, Andrew Gilbert defence and Jeremy Michelson communities and education. As treasurer, Ben Crowne, who was unopposed for the position, will be in charge of the finance and organisation division.

The unsuccessful vice-presidential candidates were Denise Lester and Owen Power.

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