Laurence Saffer


Laurence Saffer has lived in Leeds all his life and has been involved in a number of communal groups over the years, including Habonim Dror.

As LJRC president, Laurence aims to ensure that the voice of all parts of the Leeds Jewish community and surrounding areas is heard and acted upon by all local decision makers, and that the Jewish community continues to be loud and proud. Laurence is also a judge who sits in Bradford and London.

Alan Dunwell

Chief Executive 

Alan Dunwell is born and bred in Leeds and has held a variety of communal positions including his current ones as a Governor at a voluntary aided primary school, a Free School Director and a trustee of two education charities.

Alan’s remit as CE is to ensure the financial integrity and continuity of the LJRC and look at the strategic management of the organisation.

Simon Phillips

Interfaith Director

Simon Phillips has held leadership positions within the Jewish and wider communities, both locally and nationally, for almost 25 years.

As director of interfaith, Simon aims to establish links with other faith communities in Leeds and neighbouring areas, including minority communities, where there is an opportunity to work together to encourage community cohesion.

Previously a lecturer and researcher in academic institutions, Simon currently works as a community engagement officer at West Yorkshire Police and has his own show on Radio J-Com.

Simon Jackson

Life Vice-President

Simon Jackson’s involvement in the LJRC is of long standing and he has held a variety of positions, including, most recently, that of President.

As Life Vice-President Simon is able to offer both experience and continuity within the organisation in an advisory role.