British CCJ Announces Two New Appointments

The following statement was made at noon on this day (09/05/2014) by the Chairman of the British Council of Christians and Jews, the Right Revd. Nigel McCulloch KCVO:

It is with great pleasure that the Trustees announce the appointment of Dr. Jane Clements as the Director of CCJ, in succession to the Revd David Gifford.

Bishop McCulloch said: "Dr. Clements, who is currently the Director of FODIP (Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine) is already widely respected and trusted for her commitment to Christian- Jewish relations. A former trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, she is currently a member of the Anglican-Jewish Commission. The Trustees and I are delighted that she has agreed to lead CCJ.

It is with further great pleasure that the Trustees also announce the appointment of Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko to be the Deputy Director of CCJ.

Bishop McCulloch said: "Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko is already well regarded for her commitment to Jewish-Christian relations and has successfully served as Public Affairs Director of the Board of Deputies. A Trustee of the Abraham-Fund Initiatives, she will bring to CCJ an added richness of experience and networks. The Trustees and I are delighted that she has agreed to become Deputy Director.

Together, Jane and Elizabeth will bring strong and joint Christian-Jewish leadership to an organisation whose purpose includes patterning and facilitating bilateral relations between the two faiths."

The new Director and Deputy Director will take up their roles in mid-July.

The Rt Revd. Nigel McCulloch KCVO, Chairman, 09/05/2014