Chair’s Messages


Sixty years ago, in September 1956, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s vision to lay the foundations for a Progressive Judaism that would continue to thrive after the devastation of the war, came to fruition. Today we have an institution that is the cornerstone of an inclusive, flourishing Progressive Jewish community where we train rabbis and Jewish educators for our synagogues, schools and chederim.

As we look ahead to celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2016, I am excited and proud to be part of an institution that embodies both excellence and dynamism.

Our Principal, Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris has built an oustanding team of academic and professional staff who are committed and inspirational. We have a cohort of students from Britain and Europe who are the future of Progressive Judaism and who will go out into our communities as leaders, passionate about Judaism and their Jewish lives.

This sixty-year journey has laid the foundations for the College to continue to be the preeminent institution of Jewish learning that is that heart of the intellectual and spiritual life of the Progressive Jewish community in Britain today. I hope that you will join us, as supporters, students, learners, teachers and friends to continue this journey of discovery, inspiration, learning and success.

Noeleen Cohen
September 2016


Leo Baeck College is a registered charity. The College is governed by a Board of Governors who are the trustees of the charity. The Governors have overall responsibility for the management and control of the organisation with the day-to-day operations being delegated to the professional staff. The implementation of policy and strategy is carried out by the Board of Governors in partnership with the Senior Management Team (SMT).

Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris was appointed as Principal in September 2011. The Principal is the senior academic and administrative officer of the College and is supported in her role by the Senior Management Team (SMT). The Principal regularly reports to the Honorary Officers and Board of Governors.

Governors serve for a period of four years and those retiring by rotation may be eligible for re-election. While some governors are appointed ex officio, others are appointed on the basis of their standing, experience and skills to provide a balanced board with the ability to govern effectively. Governors are recruited through networks in the communities that the College serves.

The Principal and student representatives continue to sit on the board in a non-voting capacity. It is proposed that a governance review takes place in 2016.  The Governors always aim to fill trustee roles to ensure that the organisation is governed by a strong, sustainable board able to deal with the economic, demographic and structural challenges that are ongoing both globally and in our own Jewish community.

Click here to download the Governance and Committee Structure.

Board of Governors

Noeleen Cohen

Rabbinic Vice Chair
Rabbi Josh Levy

Lay Vice Chair
Mark Fox

Honorary Secretary
David Kirk

Reform Judaism representative
Keith Price (to June 2016)

Liberal Judaism representative
David Hockman

Nominee of the Rabbinic Conference
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

Nominee of the Assembly of Rabbis
Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton

Joanne Masters

Naomi Segal

Liberal Judaism Chief Executive
Appointed 7 February 2005
Rabbi Danny Rich


Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris

Student representative
Robyn Ashworth-Steen

Student representative
Hannah Kingston