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 2014. The current membership is as follows.

Tim_Farron.jpgChair: Tim Farron MP (Party President)

Tim Farron was first elected as MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale in 2005. He was elected Party President on 13th November 2010.

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Nick_Clegg.jpgNick Clegg MP (Party Leader)

Nick Clegg was elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2007.

Following the formation of the Coalition Government in May 2010, he became Deputy Prime Minister.

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Lorely Burt MP (MP rep)

Lorely is MP for Sollihull and has recently been appointed to be the government's Ambassador for Women in Enterprise.

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Baroness-Falkner.jpgBaroness Falkner of Margravine (Peer Rep)

Kishwer Falkner has been heavily involved in international development at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Previously she has been Director of International Affairs for the Liberal Democrats. 

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Fiona Hall MEP (MEP Rep)

In 2009, Fiona was elected as Leader of the Lib Dem European Parliamentary Party. Fiona is a full member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and has led the ALDE Group on energy efficiency. Fiona is also a substitute member of the Development Committee.

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Peter-Ellis.jpgPeter Ellis (English Party Chair, English Vice President)

Peter is a trustee of the Cotswold Volunteers, as well as Chair of the English Council of the Liberal Democrats.



Craig-Harris.jpgCraig Harrow (Scottish Convenor, Scottish Vice President)

Convener of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Vice President of the Liberal Democrats, Craig has vast experience of working on complex infrastructure, energy and planning projects offering strategic political communications and campaigning advice.

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John Last (Welsh Vice President)

Brian Orrell (English Rep)


Dan Farthing (Scottish 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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Ali Goldsworthy (Welsh Rep)

A former parliamentary candidate, Ali works in the voluntary sector leading Supporter Engagement work. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Committee.  

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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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Chris White (Councillor rep)

He 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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Qassim Afzal

Qassim has 40 years of business, 30 years of volunteering, and is a broadcast journalist for the BBC. He was elected to Local Government Association and equalities executive, advising the DPM on Pakistan. 

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Elaine Bagshaw

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Daisy Cooper

Daisy’s local party is Lewes, East Sussex. She has competed successfully to join the party’s Leadership Programme designed to increase the number of party MPs from under-represented groups. Daisy works for Hacked Off – a campaign for a free and accountable press.

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Ramesh Dewan


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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Jock Gallagher 

Jock Gallagher is a party veteran who joined the Young Liberals in 1952. He chairs the Membership Group and is president of the West Midlands Region and of the North Worcestershire LP. He is also secretary of the Parliamentary Candidates Association. In 2012, he was founder director of Grassroutes to  Government, the network concerned about party communications. 

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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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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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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.


Candy Piercy

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David Rendel 

Councillor for West Berkshire Council and member of the Public Accounts Committee, David was the founder member of the (Social and) Liberal Democrats. Parliamentary spokesperson on Housing, Local Government, Welfare and Pensions, and Higher Education (including the campaign against tuition fees).  


Martin Tod

Martin is a City & County Councillor for Wnchester and has been a Parliamentary Candidate three times. Professionally, he is Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum.

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Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Gerald is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Portsmouth City Council and Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Local Government Association. He is also Vice Chairman of PUSH and Chair of Portsmouth Corporate Parenting Board and Portsmouth Employment Committee.  

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David Williams

David is Councillor for Ham and Petersham and has won 25 local by-elections. He believes in devolution of power and a classless society. He supports the 'party of progress' and is committed to fairness, freedom, justice and liberty. 

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