As only the second female rabbi to be appointed in Britain, and the first to have her own synagogue, Julia Neuberger taught for many years before becoming Chancellor of the University of Ulster from 1994 to 2000. She was also Chief Exec of The King's Fund from 1997-2004, and the government's champion of volunteering from 2007-9. A member of numerous public bodies, councils and a trustee of many charitable organisations, Julia Neuberger was made a DBE and a life peer in 2004. She is also well known as an author, social reformer and broadcaster, whose previous books include Dying Well and The Moral State We're In. In 2011 she was appointed rabbi at the West London Synagogue, making her the most senior woman in Jewish religious life in the UK.