Exclusive: number of women Deputies increase; young Deputies fall

22 Jun

This is a guest post by Richard Verber. Follow him on twitter @richardverber

Changing the Board can today reveal the current breakdown by gender and age of the new set of Deputies.

Firstly, the good news: the proportion of women Deputies has risen by over a quarter, with women Deputies counting for nearly a third of the new cohort, compared to just a quarter in the previous triennial.

The less good news, which comes as somewhat of a surprise, is that according to the current figures, the average age of Deputies appears to have increased from (a mean of) 60.9 to 62.3 years old. This comes despite efforts to increase the number of young Deputies.

There are two reasons not to panic. Firstly, regardless of the figures, there is a great deal more engagement of young Deputies now than there has ever been before. Although small in number, we are now playing an important role in holding the honorary officers to account, changing the way the Board does things and will be taking part in the upcoming Division elections. Moreover, Changing the Board has never been an ageist group: we believe the Board is missing out on talent from young members of the community, but we fully understand the important role older Deputies play and the wisdom they bring.

Secondly, the data is currently incomplete. We know of synagogues yet to send in details of their new Deputies. In addition, there are, for example, 12 new UJS Deputies, and at least half a dozen youth movements now represented at the Board. These new Deputies are not all counted in the current statistics. We look forward to seeing the final data over the coming weeks.

To examine the raw data yourself, click here.

Please click here to see our note to editors.


4 Responses to “Exclusive: number of women Deputies increase; young Deputies fall”

  1. Jonathan Davies June 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    What was the source of the age data?

    • changingtheboard June 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi Jonathan – yes, I didn’t credit the source – it’s the Board’s own data.

  2. Gabriel Webber June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    The 65-69 age bracket is actually quite interesting, because it’s risen considerably since 2009, whereas every single other age bracket has fallen. But as Richard says, the data’s incomplete hence there being many fewer Deputies listed for 2012 than last time round!

    Also interesting is that the number of Deputies not stating their age has risen from 26 to 57. “NUMBER OF BASHFUL DEPUTIES MORE THAN DOUBLES” for the next blog post? 🙂

    • Rachel Savage July 11, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      @Gabriel — I think that’s just a cohort effect. Some of the Deputies who were in the 60-64 age bracket in the last triennium are in the 64-69 age bracket now.

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