Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE
Role: 
Chair of the Board

Baroness Neuberger DBE was educated at Cambridge and at Leo Baeck College. She served the South London Liberal Synagogue in 1977-89, chaired the Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993-1997, was Chief Executive of the King’s Fund until 2004, Chancellor of the University of Ulster from 1994-2000 and Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University in 2006. She served as a Trustee of the British Council, Jewish Care, and New Philanthropy Capital, was a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, as well as a founding trustee of the Schwab Charitable Trust, in memory of her parents.

She became a life peer in 2004 (Liberal Democrat but is now a Cross Bencher) and chaired the Commission on the Future of Volunteering from 2006-2008, was President of Liberal Judaism until Spring 2011, and was Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Champion for Volunteering from 2007-2009. She is now Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue, as well as Vice Chair of the UK government's review of the Mental Health Act, and a trustee of Full fact, an organisation that promotes truthful reporting and debate. She is a Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where she is Chair of the board (since January 2018). She is also a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation.  

She has written many books. Not Dead Yet – A Manifesto for Old Age was published by Harper Collins in May 2008; and Is That All There Is? Reflections on Life, Mortality and Leaving a Legacy was published in June 2011 by Rider Books, and she broadcasts frequently in the UK and also on the BBC World Service.