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)

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.


Kavya-Kaushik.jpgKavya Kaushik (FE rep)

Kavya is the former co-Chair of Liberal Youth and currently sits on the board of Liberal Reform, as well as the FE rep to the Federal Conference Committee. Her main political interests are BME engagement and diversity policy. Kavya currently works in the education sector and is the Lib Dem PPC for Ealing Southall.

Joanne Foster (Welsh rep)

Mike Ross (Chief Steward)

Gareth Epps

Gareth Epps 

Gareth stood against David Cameron in Witney in 2001, increasing the Lib Dem share of the vote. In 2007 he won the formerly safe Labour ward of Katesgrove on Reading Borough Council on a huge swing. He is now co-Chair of the Social Liberal Forum and is a member of the FPC and FCC.


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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