Federal Conference Committee

The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for staging Federal Conference – where party members have the chance to decide on party policy. FCC makes decisions about locations, venues, and conference hotels – as well as the conference agenda and which motions to take for discussion.

It is chaired by an elected member, and counts as its member the Party President, the Chief Whip in the Commons, State Party Reps, Reps from the Federal Executive, Reps from the Federal Policy Committee, and 12 members elected by party members.

The next elections are due to take place in Autumn 2016. The current membership is as follows.

andrew-wiseman.jpgAndrew Wiseman (Chair)

Andrew is the current Chair of FCC, a former leader of a London Borough Council, as well as being a former Chair of ALDC and Green Lib Dems. Away from politics Andrew is recognised as one of the country’s leading solicitors specialising in environmental law and is a former Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association.   

Geoff Payne

Geoff Payne (Vice Chair & English rep)

Geoff Payne represents the English Party on the Federal Policy Committee and Federal Conference Committee. Geoff Payne represents the English Party on the FPC and FCC, and is a former Chair of what is now Liberal Youth. Geoff is a barrister specialising in cases involving allegations of serious fraud and/or white collar crime. 

Sandra Gidley (Vice Chair)

Sal Brinton (Party President)

Sal was introduced to the House of Lords in 2011, and was elected Party President in November 2014. She was previously the Lib Dem PPC for Watford in 2010 and 2005 and South East Cambridgeshire in 2001 and 1997. She was a Cambridgeshire County Councillor from 1993 to 2004, holding the Education portfolio from 1993-97, and then Leader of the Opposition. In 2014 Sal was elected President of the Liberal Democrats, taking office in January 2015 following the end of Tim Farron's second term.

Jenni Lang (Scottish rep)  

Linda Jack (FPC rep)

jeremy-hargreaves.jpgJeremy Hargreaves (FPC rep)

Jeremy has been chair of the groups writing party policy on public services, taxation and quality of life in recent years, as well as vice chair of FPC, chair of the Lib Dem European Group (LDEG), and a PPC. His professional background is as a strategy consultant in professional services, local government, and most recently as a senior manager in the NHS. 

James Gurling

James Gurling (FE rep)

James was elected 3 times to Southwark Council. James was a press Aide to Paddy Ashdown on the '97 General Election tour and later Leadership Election Agent to Charles Kennedy. He is now the FE's representative on FCC and Chairs the Party's Campaigns & Communications Committee.


Lindsay Northover (FE rep)

Lindsay Northover has stood in three General Elections and was a member of the committee which negotiated the Liberal/SDP merger in 1987. She was also Chair of Women Liberal Democrats, 1992-1995, and has been President of Liberal Democrat Women since 2014. She joined the House of Lords, becoming a Life Peer, in May 2000. Initially she served as health spokesperson between 2000 and 2002, before joining the frontbench team as Spokesperson on International Development - a post she still retains. She served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development during the Coalition Government, from 2014 to 2015.

VACANT (Welsh rep)

Mike Ross (Chief Steward)

Liz Lynne

Liz Lynne

Liz became shadow on Health from 1992-1994 and then shadow on Social Security from 1994-1997, and also covered the disabled peoples' rights portfolio. Liz was MP for Rochdale from 1992-1997 and MEP for the West Midlands from 1999-2012. 

She is now President of the Mid Worcestershire party, Vice President of Liberal Democrat Women and currently on the board of EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation. 

Tilsley_-Paul-(2004)-photograph.jpgPaul Tilsley

Paul was elected to FCC 2 years ago. Has been a member of Birmingham City Council since 1968. From 2005 - 2012 was Deputy Leader of the Council. Senior manager in the Voluntary Sector for 25. Interests Health, change management, football, rugby and cricket.


Zoe-OConnell-colour.jpgZoe O'Connell

Zoe, from Cambridge, was co-author of the party's 2014 equalities paper and is secretary of LGBT+ LibDems. She worked as a senior network and security engineer at various Internet Service Providers for over a decade and is a regular campaigner on the issues of online privacy and civil liberties.


Mary-Reid-2.jpgMary Reid

Mary was elected to FCC, at her first attempt, in 2014. She has been a party member and activist for around 40 years, and has served as a councillor (including Cabinet member and Mayor) and local party chair in Kingston upon Thames. She organises the annual conference for the Social Liberal Forum.


Chris Maines

Justine McGuinness

Pauline Pearce

Jon Ball

Shas Sheehan

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