Marie van der Zyl
President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Marie van der Zyl was elected President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews in May 2018. She became a Deputy in 2012 and was elected Vice President in 2015. In the past three years she has played a crucial part in the fight against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Her quote, labelling the Chakrabarti report as a “whitewash”, was carried widely across national media. Marie was at the forefront of the campaign against the so-called “cab-rank” policy, by which the Inner North London Coroner delayed the release of bodies to Jewish families. The High Court recently ruled that this policy was discriminatory. Her negotiations with King’s College London resulted in its adoption of the internationally recognized IHRA definition of anti-Semitism and she has energetically pursued interfaith relations with Britain’s faith communities. In her professional life she is a solicitor specializing in employment /equalities law and a partner at Gordon Dadds LLP.