Federal Executive

The Federal Executive (FE) is the governing body of the Federal Party. It is responsible for directing, co-ordinating, and implementing the work of the Federal Party.

The FE is Chaired by the Party President, and has representatives of the members (15 members elected by Conference), the state parties, MPs, Peers, MEPs, and councillors.

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

Sal-brinton.jpgChair: Baroness 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.

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Tim Farron MP (Party Leader)

Tim was elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats on 16th July 2015. He is also the Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale. He lives in Milnthorpe, south Cumbria, with his wife Rosie, his daughters Isabella and Gracie and his sons Jude and Laurie. Tim previously served two terms as President of the Liberal Democrats from January 2011 to January 2015.

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Alistair Carmichael MP (MP Rep)

Alistair was elected to Parliament in 2001 as MP for Orkney and Shetland. After the 2010 election, Alistair was appointed as Chief Whip to the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Chief Whip to the Coalition Government. He held this role until October 2013 when he was appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 2012, Alistair was also elected as deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. In 2015 Alistair was appointed as the Home Affairs Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats.

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Greg Mulholland MP (MP Rep)

Greg Mulholland has been MP for Leeds North West since 2005. Greg has previously been the Party spokesperson for International Development, Schools and Health, Co-Chair on the Liberal Democrat DWP Backbench Committee and Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Campaigns Chair. He has a record of powerful campaigning in Parliament, taking up constituency and regional issues as well as a number of causes. Greg has received three national campaigning MP for the year awards, one from BRAKE and two from CAMRA and was nominated for Channel 4 Political Awards as ‘Campaigning Politician of the Year’. 

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Baroness Lindsay Northover (Peer 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.

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Catherine Bearder MEP (MEP Rep)

Catherine Bearder was elected as MEP for South East England in 2009, and again in 2014. She is President of the Green Liberal Democrats and has a special interest in biodiversity protection and fighting human trafficking. Catherine currently serves as Quaestor in the European Parliament.

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Steve Jarvis (English Party Chair)

Steve Jarvis chairs the English Council, the English Council Executive and sits on the Federal Executive as the English Vice-President of the Federal Party. He has previously been Treasurer of the English Party and Chair of the East of England Region. Steve is a councillor and has been a parliamentary candidate on three occasions.

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Sheila Thomson (Scottish Convenor, Scottish Vice President)



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Rodney Berman (Chair of the Welsh NEC)




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Cllr Chris White (Councillor rep)

Chris was instrumental in setting up the East of England Regional Assembly in 1997. He is a member of St Albans District Council and is deputy leader of the Lib Dem Group on St Albans District Council. He is a member of the Management Committee of ALDC and works in public affairs.

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Baroness Kath Pinnock (Councillor rep)

Kath was elected to Kirklees Council in 1987 to a ward which had not had previous Lib Dem councillors. She served on the Board of Yorkshire Forward for 10 years supporting a carbon reduction strategy for the Region. She is currently vice-chair of ALDC and for 4 years was Chair.

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Anthony-Hook.jpgAntony Hook (English Party rep)

Antony was running mate to Catherine Bearder MEP and chaired the Liberal Democrat European Election Campaign in the South East - the only region that secured the election of an MEP in 2014. He has over 16 years’ experience as a local and regional party officer and is a strong defender of civil liberties.

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Dan_Farthing.jpgDan Farthing-Sykes (Scottish Party rep)

Dan Farthing is a charity manager and campaigner. He has been an active Liberal Democrat since helping to establish the Lancaster University student branch. After leaving University he fought the first Scottish Parliamentary Election helping to return John Farquhar Munro MSP.

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Baroness Christine Humphreys (Welsh Party rep)

Chris Humphreys is a former Borough Councillor, Welsh Assembly Member and President of the Welsh Party. Her background is in Education - she was an English Teacher and Head of Vocational Education in a Welsh-Medium Comprehensive School in North Wales and latterly worked for Bangor University on Intensive Welsh courses for Adults.

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Dawn Barnes 

Dawn is an experienced campaigner who has been involved in development and key seat campaigns and understands the party at the grass roots level. She is also a communications professional, currently working for a university, a member of the leadership programme and a charity trustee, as well as a member of the London Region Exec with a focus on diversity.

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Josh Dixon

Josh is a former Parliamentary Candidate and was one of the youngest candidates to stand for Parliament in the country. He has previously served on the Liberal Youth exec and has a particular interest in issues that affect young people.


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Sue Doughty

Sue was recently on the Defence Policy working group, and takes a keen interest in environmental policy.  On the Federal Executive she chairs the Democratic Reform Working Group which is working on better ways to ensure that members have a greater say in the running of the party.

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Neil Fawcett

Neil was elected as Councillor for Abingdon South in 2013 and works on the staff team at ALDC as the Development Officer for south Central, the Western Counties and London. Neil was elected Deputy Chair of the Federal Executive in January 2015 and also sits on the Party's Campaigns and Communications Committee.

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Jonathan Fryer

Jonathan Fryer is a former Chair of London Liberal Democrats, London borough councillor and Euro-candidate. He is currently a member of the party's parliamentary International Affairs Team and International Relations Committee, as well as the ALDE (European Liberal Democrats) Council.

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James Gurling

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.

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Evan Harris

Evan Harris was the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon from 1997 to 2010. Since then he has sat on the Party’s Federal Policy Committee, and regularly writes for the Guardian.

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Keith House 

Keith is Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, group leader on Hampshire County Council and the Lib Dem lead at the LGA on Housing, Planning, Waste and Energy issues. Keith is a strong advocate of devolution having introduced Local Area Committees at Eastleigh. He has been involved in democracy projects across the world, training and observing elections.  

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Alice Thomas




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Caron Lindsay

Currently Treasurer of the Scottish Party, Scottish Lib Dem Women and ASLDC Exec member and Returning Officer for Liberal Youth. Caron is co-editor of the Liberal Democrat Voice blog. She is the FE’s liaison to the East Midlands and Liberal Democrat Humanists and Secularists.

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Gordon Lishman

Party activist for 50 years, President for North West Region and Chair for Burnley LibDems. Policy working groups on workplace democracy, political/constitutional reform (resigned), aging society.


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Candy Piercy

Candy Piercy is best known in the Lib Dems as a trainer, agent and campaigner fighting for more women and members of ethnic minorities to be elected inside the Party and out. She is a member of the Liberal Democrat Women Executive, heads up the Campaign for Gender Balance training programme; a member of the Party's Campaigns and Communications Committee; and edits the General Election Agents Manual with Mark Pack as well as being President of the Agents and Organisers Association.

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Martin Tod

Martin is a City & County Councillor for Winchester and has been a Parliamentary Candidate three times. Professionally, he is Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum. He also sits on the Party's Campaigns and Communications Committee.

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