Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE
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.