Marie van der Zyl
Marie Sarah van der Zyl (born November 1965) is President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. An employment lawyer, she took office as President on 1 June 2018, succeeding Jonathan Arkush, who did not seek re-election. She is the second woman to hold the role.
She grew up in Woodford, London, the daughter of Barry Kaye and his wife Szusanne, and has a law degree from Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University). She represented gentlemen’s club chain Stringfellows in 2012, successfully arguing that the claimant, a lap dancer, was self-employed.
She lives in Mill Hill, London. Her husband Darell is a member of West London Synagogue; the couple have two daughters. She is the daughter-in-law of voice actress Nikki van der Zyl whose own father was the former West London Synagogue rabbi Werner van der Zyl.
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