English Council is the primary governing body for Lib Dem members in England, sitting below Federal Conference and above the English Council Executive. It is responsible for all major constitutional and rule changes affecting the membership, as well as the appointment of auditors.
Made up of 150 members elected directly from the 11 regions plus the Young Liberals the meetings are chaired by the Chair of the English Party. Also present are the 11 Regional Party chairs. Reports are presented by the following;
- Vice-Chair - Treasurer - English Candidates Chair
Other reports are given by representatives on the G8, Federal Board, Federal Conference Committee and the Federal Policy Committee.
English Council convenes twice per year on a Saturday, summer and winter. A deal of preparation is required for each meeting with deadlines for constitutional, regular motions and amendments falling nine, six and three weeks out respectively. Papers are circulated ahead of the meeting. Each meeting takes place from 11.00am - 3.30pm, though time should be allowed for the debates to overrun.
A strong knowledge of the internal procedures and structures of the English Party are of great advantage. Otherwise a keen eye for detail, rounded communication skills and analytical skills are all desirable.
As with all English Committees reasonable travel expenses above the first £15 can be claimed.