A former Football Association director has today been confirmed as the permanent chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Simon Johnson has held the role in an interim capacity since October following the departure of Jeremy Newmark. In an exclusive interview with the Jewish News this month, he unveiled his objectives for the organisation and set his sights on increasing engagement with the charedi community.

Johnson, who also serves as chairman of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, said: “I am honoured that the Trustees have asked me to become permanent CEO of the JLC and am grateful to the Board for their expression of confidence. I have had nothing but positive feedback since taking on the interim role and am delighted that all sides think that it is in the JLC’s long term interests to make this position permanent.”

Johnson has also argued for a union with the Board of Deputies by the end of the year and insisted other communal should be explored to increase efficiency.

Mick Davis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the JLC, were unanimous in their decision to make the appointment permanent. “We are delighted that, after his high profile career in sport and media, he has committed himself to the JLC,” he said. “Simon has rapidly gained the confidence of the Trustees and the Council of Members and has already had a positive impact on the JLC’s activities. We look forward to continuing to take advantage of his expertise and enthusiasm.”