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MEM­BERS OF the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil be­lieve that a first con­tested elec­tion for the role of chair­man would en­hance the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s stand­ing within the com­mu­nity.

The prospect of a con­test to suc­ceed Sir Mick Davis, who steps down in May after eight years as chair­man, emerged after two men were nom­i­nated as can­di­dates last week.

Jonathan Gold­stein, chair­man of the JLC’s ed­u­ca­tion di­vi­sion, Part­ner­ships for Jewish Schools, has con­firmed his in­ten­tion to stand.

The sec­ond nom­i­nee, un­der­stood to be United Sy­n­a­gogue pres­i­dent Stephen Pack, who is a trustee of the coun­cil, was still con­sid­er­ing whether to ac­cept the nom­i­na­tion at the time of go­ing to press .

Jonathan Joseph, chair­man of the Lang­don Foun­da­tion, an af­fil­i­ate of the JLC, said the prospect of a con­tested elec­tion should be wel­comed.

He said: “The more that se­nior com­mu­nal po­si­tions are put up for elec­tions, rather than it be­ing Bug­gins’ turn, the bet­ter for the com­mu­nity.”

Henry Grun­wald, the found­ing chair­man of the JLC and now one of its vi­cepres­i­dents, said a con­test “would make a dif­fer­ence to the al­le­ga­tions of a lack of open­ness and trans­parency”.

But Mr Grun­wald be­lieved the ear­lier ar­range­ment, whereby he chaired the coun­cil as pres­i­dent of the Board, was prefer­able. “In many ways, I re­gret that the two or­gan­i­sa­tions can­not be chaired by the pres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies,” he said.

In a fur­ther step to­wards greater open­ness, the JLC has sched­uled hustings for can­di­dates later

this month.

Mr Gold­stein, chief ex­ec­u­tive of a property in­vest­ment com­pany, Cain Hoy, has pre­vi­ously worked with Ger­ald Ron­son as deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Heron In­ter­na­tional.

Orig­i­nally from Il­ford, Es­sex, he over­saw the re­de­vel­op­ment of the King Solomon High School/Il­ford Jewish Pri­mary cam­pus on be­half of the JLC and, out­side the coun­cil, chairs the Chief Rab­binate Trust, which raises funds for the Chief Rabbi.

His brother Michael sits on the JLC as chair­man of the JW3 Cen­tre.

Mr Pack, who re­tired from lead­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany Price­wa­ter­house­Cooop­ers in 2010, has clocked up 15 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as an honorary of­fi­cer of one of the com­mu­nity’s largest char­i­ties, the United Sy­n­a­gogue.

He will step down as US pres­i­dent in July after com­plet­ing a max­i­mum six­con­sec­u­tive-year term.

The new leader of the JLC will be cho­sen by the mem­bers of its coun­cil and trus­tees, although its vice-pres­i­dents have no vote.

Apart from the chair­man, six nom­i­na­tions have also been re­ceived for two va­cant trustee posts. A third trustee can be co-opted rather than di­rectly elected.

Pos­si­ble ri­vals: Jonathan Gold­stein (left) and Stephen Pack

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