As a party, we believe strongly in democracy, and this is reflected in our organisational structures. Our three main decision-making committees are elected by our members.
The Committees report to Conference and engage with members through a variety of channels. For updates, check out the AdLib blog.
Members can also join party organisations, which are groups of like-minded people who share a particular interest or identity.
The principal Committees of the Federal Party are:
Chair: Mark Pack
The Federal Board (FB) provides strategic direction for the Party, using the Leader's strategy as a base and scrutinising it where required. The Federal Board also monitors the work of the other Federal Committees.
Chair: Ed Davey
The Federal Policy Committee (FPC) is responsible for the party's policy-making process and for commissioning research and development, from which it creates policy papers for debate by Conference.
Chair: Geoff Payne
The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for staging Federal Conference – where party members have the chance to decide on party policy.
Chair: Tony Harris
The Federal Finance and Resources Committee (FFRC) is responsible for planning and administering the budget and finances of the Federal.
Chair: Lisa Smart
The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) oversees the implementation of the Party's strategy in relation to elections, campaigns and communications.
Federal People Development Committee
Chair: Bess Mayhew
Chair: Jonathan Fryer
The Federal International Relations Committee (FIRC) manages the Party’s relationships with sister parties internationally and oversees the organisation and provision of training for sister parties outside the UK. In addition, the FIRC co-ordinates the work of internationally-minded organisations within the framework of the Party and advises the Party on international policy where appropriate.
Chair: Helena Cole
The Federal Audit and Scrutiny Committee leads on the Party's internal audit work and commissions the annual external audit.
The Federal Party also works closely with the State Parties (England, Scotland and Wales) and party bodies, such as our Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) and Associated Organisations (AOs). Here is further information about some of them:
The governing body of the English Liberal Democrats, or ‘English Party’, is the English Council, which meets twice a year. It is made up of representatives of all the 11 English Regional Parties, who are elected at their regional conferences.
Specified Associated Organisations (SAOs) are groups of party members that share, or support, a particular identity. SAOs are approved by the Federal Board and are entitled to submit motions to Conference.
Associated Organisations (AOs) are groups of party members that share a particular belief, interest or cause. AOs are approved by the Federal Board.