Chair of World Jewish Relief is chosen as the new Downing Street Chief of Staff

Dan Rosenfield is an active and longstanding member of Alyth Synagogue 


Boris Johnson has appointed Dan Rosenfield, the chair of World Jewish Relief, as his new Chief of Staff.

Downing Street confirmed the key appointment on Thursday and Mr Rosenfield, an Alyth Synagogue member, will begin work next month.

The former Manchester Grammar School prefect was previously an official in the UK Treasury for over a decade, including four years as principal private secretary to Alistair Darling and George Osborne from 2007 to 2011.  

Mr Rosenfield has previously said his Judaism is "pretty central" to his life.

He joins Number 10 from the Hakluyt, a strategic advisory firm for businesses and investors, where he has worked since 2016. Previously he was a director at Bank of America.

Mr Rosenfield will start on December 7, but Lord Udny-Lister will continue to serve as acting chief of staff until January 1. 

In Manchester he grew up as a member of the Sha'are Shalom Reform shul.

He also became involved with the RSY-Netzer youth movement. In 2012 he was involved with the financial side of the London Olympics.

Former Downing Street director of communications Lee Cain, a key all of Dominic Cummings, was said to have been offered the post earlier this month.

But a row saw Mr Cummings and Mr Cain both depart from their jobs.

As a member of the Jewish Leadership Council, Mr Rosenfield was amongst the delegation of communal leaders to meet ex-PM Theresa May at Downing Street in 2017.

Addressing the WJR annual dinner in February, Mr Rosenfield told the audience: “Look out beyond our own families and communities to those in the wider Jewish world less fortunate than us. Look out beyond our own to those struggling in the face of disaster.”

He took over as WJR chair in 2016.

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