More young people, more women, as the revolution marches on

28 Apr

Changing the Board has been granted access to the demographic breakdown of the new set of Deputies at the Board. Our boffins have been crunching the statistics and have produced a new set of infographics to highlight the current lay of the land and analyse what has changed in the new triennium. (‘Triennium’ is the three-year term for which each Deputy is elected). Key headlines:

  • More women: the current triennium boasts 28 more women, a rise of 44%
  • More new Deputies: 95 of the current Deputies are taking their seat for the first time
  • Younger Deputies: the number of Deputies under 40 has more than doubled
  • Fewer ‘career Deputies’: the number of long-standing Deputies falls

The headlines are good news and we extend our congratulations to everyone involved in Changing the Board and all our supporters. However, as our infographics show, the statistics only tell part of the story and there is much work still to be done.

1. Gender

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As the infographic shows, nearly one in three Deputies are now women, up from one in four in the last triennium. However, with more women than men in the Jewish community, if the Board of Deputies is to be truly the community’s representative organisation, we must get the figure up to 50% as soon as possible. The Board is missing out on swathes of talent and new approaches and must work alongside Women in Jewish Leadership to understand why women choose not to stand, and what can be done to facilitate their candidacy, such as investigating childcare for those who require it.

2. More new Deputies

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Following increased interest in the Board, 95 Deputies were elected to the Board for the first time. This is good for the Board, as to be successful, it needs a good blend of wisdom and experience together with energy and fresh ideas. As the infographic shows, 28 more women joined the Board too.

3. Age demographic

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The Board now has a slightly younger feel with the average age falling by two years, from 61 in the last triennium to 59. As we reported last year, 63% of Deputies were over 60; that figure has now dropped to 60%. Last time only 7% of Deputies were under 40; that figure has more than doubled to 15%.

4. Length of service

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The inforgraphic shows a much more desirable result this triennium. The Board has suffered from too many Deputies refusing to stand down and let others lead. Over 20% of Deputies in 2009-2012 were in their fifth triennium, i.e. had been a Deputy for 13 years or longer. We now have a huge influx of new Deputies, driving down the average number of years served. The Board will be at its strongest with a good mix of experience and fresh ideas.

Commenting on the report, Richard Verber, Changing the Board representative on the Board of Deputies’ Executive, said: “Changing the Board is pleased at the progress these results show. Well done to everyone involved with Changing the Board and our supporters. There is much to celebrate – a large increase in younger Deputies, more women Deputies, more new Deputies – though women and young people are still under-represented on the Executive. Greater representation also needs to lead to action: plenary meeting reforms, reforms to the work of the four Divisions, and widespread self-reflection on the whole purpose of the Board of Deputies and what it does. Changing the Board will continue to influence and generate these debates.”

Please click here to see our note to editors. Please do use these statistics, but credit Changing the Board whether in print or online. For a quote or more information, email us at changingtheboard@gmail.com

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