The Jewish Community Centre for London is to seek a chief executive to work alongside incumbent Nick Viner, it has been announced. Mr Viner, who joined the JCC in 2005, will stay on with the organisation until the opening of the newly-built community centre, scheduled to open in autumn 2013.
The surprise announcement means now that three high-profile Jewish community posts are up for grabs: the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; the chief executive of the United Jewish Israel Appeal, whose outgoing CEO is Doug Krikler; and now Mr Viner.
Debbie Klein, chairman of the JCC board, said: "We're very excited to be recruiting for this crucial role. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone to stamp their imprint on the future of London Jewry by transforming Jewish life in the capital."
Mr Viner joined the JCC after 20 years at the Boston Consulting Group where he was a senior partner. He has overseen the transition of the organisation - the brainchild of Dame Vivien Duffield - from social and cultural "cuckoo", whose widely varying programmes take place at a number of venues across the capital, to the planning and delivery of the new building on Swiss Cottage's Finchley Road. He said: "Programmming and running a thriving community building requires an entirely different set of skills. It has been an immense privilege to lead the JCC to this point, but now it's time to begin the handover to the person who will take the organisation forward and enable it to fulfil its potential."
It is now intended to start an 18-month handover with the new appointee working side-by-side with Mr Viner.