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.
The Council elects the Chair of the English Party and the English Council Executive (ECE) and the English Candidates’ Chair and Committee.
The English Council Executive meet 6 times a year and oversee the running of the English Party between Council Meetings. English Council Executive comprises the Chairs of the 11 English Regions, plus 12 members directly elected from the English Council, as well as representatives to sit on the Federal Board, Federal Policy Committee and Federal Conference Committee.
The English Council Executive also has two sub-committees: the English Finance & Administration Committee (EFAC) which is chaired by the Treasurer and the Regional Parties Committee (RPC) which is chaired by the Vice-Chair. At the first Executive of the year both the Vice-Chair and Treasurer are elected as well as the members for EFAC and RPC.
You can view the recent minutes of ECE at: https://www.libdems.org.uk/committee_reports
Officers of the English Party
Tahir Maher, Chair of the English Party
Tahir has been a member since 2002 and in that time, he has been a Town Councillor (8 years) and had the pleasure to also lead the Lib Dem Group. Tahir has been chair of Wokingham Constituency, South central Region and now the English Party. Tahir has substantial experience in the party being on English Council, FPC, FCC and was an executive member for LDDA. Tahir is an Accountant and was the Head of Finance for a very large cancer charity and currently works in business transformation. Tahir supports Arsenal and has been trying to learn the saxophone, for ever.
Margaret Joachim Vice-Chair of the English Party and Chair of the Regional Parties Committee
Margaret joined the Liberal Party in 1974, fighting three Parliamentary elections between 1979 and 1987. She then undertook ‘back-room’ roles, including Returning Officer, English Council Executive member, and London Region and English Party Candidates’ Chair. She has been an Anglican priest since 1995, having recently retired after 30+ years in the IT Services industry, she has returned to university for a little more education.
David Hughes, Treasurer of the English Party and Chair of the English Finance & Administration Committee
David Hughes became Treasurer of the English Party having previously been Chair of the Western Counties region for three years. He has also been a parliamentary candidate three times, and is a former chair of both the party's candidates association and its national students' organisation.
Simon McGrath, English Party Representative on the Federal Board
Antony Hook makes sure the English Party’s voice is heard on the Federal Board, which is the party’s governing board. He is currently a Councillor in Merton Borough.
Lucy Nethsingha, English Party Representative on the Federal Policy Committee
Lucy Nethsingha is Leader of the Lib Dem group on Cambridgeshire County Council, and Deputy Chair on the LGA Children and Young People’s Board. Lucy is a primary school teacher by profession, with a Masters in Education and Psychology, and interests in special needs education, particularly early reading development, and in arts education. Lucy grew up in Cornwall but now lives in Cambridge and is married with 3 children.
Prue Bray, Chair of English Candidates Committee
Prue Bray is chair of the English Candidates Committee which oversees the work of assessing, approving, selecting and supporting candidates for all elections above council level in England. This includes Mayoral, Police and Crime Commissioner as well as Westminster elections. Prue has previously been a candidate in Rochester and Strood, and Chair of the Parliamentary Candidates Association.