Simon Johnson

Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council

Simon Johnson is the Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council. Before that, he had a 20 year career that saw him operate at the highest levels of the sports and media industries. After a period as the senior lawyer at the English Premier League, Simon’s career in sport saw him spend four years as Director of Corporate Affairs at The Football Association, followed by a role as COO of England’s Bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He started his career as a lawyer, spending 10 years with the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV, the majority as Director of Rights & Business Affairs.

Terrorism In Britain: We Need Clear And Responsible Reporting

As a nation I feel we are good at making the point that Islam is not synonymous with extremism - we rightly and frequently recognise that they are simply members of a faith, a community to be listened to and respected. As a majority, we understand this. But there is a clear disconnect between this sentiment and the media we allow ourselves to consume each day. And, looking ahead to the future, this is something that needs to change if we are to become a safer, more peaceful country.
02/07/2017 21:25 BST

Learning The Lessons Of The Battle Of Cable Street

Eighty years ago, on October 4th 1936, the local community involved in the Battle of Cable Street had little understanding of the impact and lessons the day would have in shaping the fight against racism and fascism for the future.
30/09/2016 12:25 BST

Why Is Antisemitism Defined Differently to Racism?

For as long as I have been involved in anti-racism, it was clear that the definition of "racism" was wide enough to cover antisemitism, and antisemitism was not regarded as a separate category of racism. Something has happened in the last 10 years. Now people talk about racism and antisemitism as though they are two separate things. Why has this come about?
07/06/2016 11:18 BST