Independent Non Executive Director
Gillian is CEO of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a role she has held since 2014. In this role she manages the national representative body and voice of the diverse Jewish community in Britain. She is responsible for all aspects of running this high profile and influential organisation established in 1760 and is its first female Chief Executive.
Gillian has also enjoyed a successful political career. She was MP for Lincoln between 1997 and 2010 and a Government Minister from 2006 to 2010. During that time, Gillian was a Minister in the Health, International Development and Transport departments as well as in the Cabinet and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.
These increasingly important roles involved responsibility for multi-million pound budgets, taking decisions to ensure best use of resources with public accountability. Her experiences during this time included International and national crisis management, including swine flu, flooding, foot and mouth disease and being a lead member of emergency council COBRA.
Gillian is an experienced speaker, used to addressing world leaders, presidents, prime ministers and royalty.
Previously Gillian was European Representative for Weight Watchers International, Divisional Director of the Cool Milk Group and Chair of transport consumer body Bus Users UK.