Liberal Democrats

FAP Members

The Federal Appeals Panel is a group of eighteen, nine of whom are elected by the Federal Party.  They serve for up to two five-year terms. Some information about the current members, serving from 2021 to 2025 inclusive, is set out below.

Anood Al-Samerai

Anood Al-Samerai joined the Liberal Democrats in 2003 and has been committed to creating a more Liberal society and to contributing to the party. She has been a Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark for 13 years and recently stood down after a decade as Group Leader. She ran the office of Simon Hughes for six years and has recently been running the London elections campaign. Anood has had a successful career in the charity sector, including running an education charity which matches retired teachers to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.



William Charnley

William Charnley has served on the Federal Appeals Panel member since 2016.  A corporate lawyer based in the City of London, he has a broad corporate practice advising on IPO’s and securities offerings, takeovers, private equity transactions, joint ventures and regularly advises boards on governance and risk issues.  In addition, William is a fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, holds a number of charitable positions, including being a member of the Court of the Draper’s Company, one of the pre-eminent City Livery Companies where he was Master from July 2016 – July 2017 and is currently Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.  William also has a number of non-executive directorship appointments and is an Honorary Group Captain 601 (County of London) Sqn RAuxAF.  He has a keen interest in country pursuits, cycling, art, opera, European nobility and wine.




Roger Crouch

Roger Crouch has been a party member for over twenty years and has served at all levels of the party including standing twice as a parliamentary candidate. He is currently a councillor on the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames where he is Joint Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee. Professionally, Roger is a solicitor specialising in trust, mental capacity and charity law. 

Anthony Fairclough 

Anthony Fairclough joined the Liberal Democrats in 2000 and lives in London. His professional and party background shows wide experience in thoughtful and measured decision making. He has been an election agent for all types of election, including most recently for a target parliamentary constituency. He is a trained party returning officer, having managed multiple selections including for the 2016 London elections. Professionally he has held senior management, legal advice/research and compliance roles for the last 15 years, including implementing the response to GDPR for a barristers’ chambers, and providing direct data protection and complaints advice and support.  He is leader of the largest ever Lib Dem group on Merton Council.

David Graham (Chair)

David Graham is a barrister specialising in public and administrative law, practising at Francis Taylor Building chambers in London.  His work mostly relates to planning, licensing, education, highways and other government functions, as well as the governance and procedures of public bodies.  This includes interpretation of constitutive documents and the conduct of administrative appeals.   David has particular experience and interest in environmental law and nature conservation.  Prior to qualifying in 2011, David read History at Trinity College, Cambridge before studying law at City, University of London. David has been a member in the London Region since 2010, campaigning in local, European and general elections; in by-elections; and in the EU referendum campaign.  He has been a long-standing volunteer for a charity helping destitute asylum seekers.

Stella Jones

Stella Jones joined the Liberal Party in 1968, continued with the SDLP party in 1981 and now with the Lib Dems. She was elected to the West Dorset District Council in 1973 and stayed its entire life until local government was reorganised in 2019.  She was Lib Dem Group leader for 10 years. She was then elected to the new Dorset Council in 2019. She is a member of Dorchester Town Council and has been Mayor 3 times, and Mayoress 3 times for her husband Trevor.  She has served a previous term on the Appeals Panel.

Henry Samuels 

Henry Samuels is from Cornwall, and is currently a Bedingfield Scholar at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. Having completed the LLM in Bar Professional Training, he will in October commence pupillage at a set of barristers’ chambers in London, specialising in commercial and chancery law. His previous experience includes serving on the London Local Parties Committee, investigating disciplinary cases for the party, representing clients pro bono before the Employment Tribunal, and sitting on disciplinary and appellate panels in other voluntary organisations. He has been a member of the party for over five years, holding various roles in local and general election campaigns, and most recently served as Communications Officer for Young Liberals. In his spare time, he is a keen musician, and is working towards fluency in the Cornish language.

Catherine Smart

After Catherine took early retirement, she became a Justice of the Peace and sat on the Cambridge Magistrates Bench for 15 years.   She was a Liberal Democrat Cambridge City Councillor for 18 years.  She also became a Returning Officer for internal LD elections and was the Chair of the Regional Candidates Committee (RCC) for 5 years:  as such she was on the English Candidates Committee and served on a number of panels dealing with appeals and complaints. She was on the English Appeals Panel for several years before being elected to the Federal Appeals Panel 2015-20. 

Alison Willott

Alison Willott is a long-standing member of the Lib Dems and has often been a candidate for Parliament (including Monmouth in 2019), the Welsh Assembly and local councils. She was on the Federal Executive for four years in the 1990s and was Secretary of the Parliamentary Candidates Association. She moved to Wales in 1997 and has been Chair of Monmouth as well as serving on the Welsh Executive Board.  Outside of politics, she read Classics at Durham, taught English at the London Oratory, was a magistrate in Gwent, a CAB adviser, and a caseworker.  Now retired, she is currently Chair of a large local environmental charity.

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