Liberal Democrats

Federal Communications and Elections Committee

The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) oversees the implementation of the Party's strategy in relation to elections, campaigns and communications.

The FCEC also oversees, via the Joint Candidates Sub-Committee, the Party's readiness to field candidates in Westminster elections. 

Further details about the FCEC can be found in Article 17 of the Federal Constitution, its Standing Orders are available here and the Committee reports regularly via the Adlib blog. The voting members of the Committee are:

  • the Chair of the Committee who is elected by the Federal Board;
  • the President;
  • the Leader, who may nominate a substitute who shall have the power to vote;
  • the Chief Whip of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons, or their substitute from within the Parliamentary Group as defined in Article 17.5;
  • two representatives of the Parliamentary Group as defined in Article 17.5;
  • one person nominated by the SAO representing councillors;
  • one person appointed by each State Party according to their internal procedures, who will normally be the Chair of the relevant Committee of that State Party; and
  • two members elected by the Federal Board from among its members. Casual vacancies amongst this group shall be filled in accordance with the election regulations.

The Committee is Chaired by Lisa Smart and its members are:


Chair - Lisa Smart

Lisa Smart is a Liberal Democrat councillor and campaigner and has been the parliamentary candidate for Hazel Grove at the last three General Elections. Lisa is a Lead Regional Peer for the LGA and trains and supports Lib Dem councillors in the North and Midlands.

Outside the Lib Dems, Lisa sits on various boards and advisory panels including the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, a local primary school governing board and the Stockport Canal Boat Trust. Formerly the Chief Executive of an international development charity, Lisa also held senior roles in financial services.

 


Party Leader - Ed Davey MP

An economist by training, Ed was a business consultant before being elected to Parliament for the first time in 1997. It was concerns about our environment that first got him politically active. He was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2012-15, and in 2016 set up a consultancy working primarily in the energy and climate change field. He chairs a Community Energy Co-operative Company called Mongoose Energy.


Federal Party President - Mark Pack

Dr. Mark Pack is the party's President and an author with books including 101 Ways To Win An Election and Bad News: what the headlines don’t tell us.

Mark worked for the Liberal Democrats 2000-2009, including a period as Head of Innovations. In 2015 he wrote with David Howarth a seminal pamphlet on the party’s strategy: The 20% Strategy: building a core vote for the Liberal Democrats.

Outside the Liberal Democrats, he has worked in IT in both the public and private sectors and between 2009 and 2019 was a communications and crisis consultant.

To contact Mark or to invite him to a Liberal Democrat event, please see here.

 


Chief Whip (Commons) - Wendy Chamberlain MP

Having stood as both a Council and General Election candidate in 2017, she was selected as the Westminster Prospective Parliamentary candidate for the constituency of North East Fife in June 2018. She was elected to Parliament in the 2019 General Election. She is the Party Chief Whip.

Following her degree in English from Edinburgh University, Wendy joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1999, serving for 12 years as a Police officer. She left the Police in 2011 and following a career break to look after her young children, joined the MoD contractor, Right Management, working at MoD Caledonia, Rosyth.

In October 2015, she commenced employment as a Capability and Development Manager with a global drinks manufacturer. Always engaged in her local community, she has held committee roles on a variety of parent bodies and became the first female Board Member of the Camanachd Association (the governing body for the amateur sport of shinty) in 2017.

 


Federal Board Representative - Roisin Miller 

Roisin is an experienced senior communications consultant who works for a range of global companies, charities and think tanks using an insight-led approach to shape their reputation. She is an experienced agent and campaigner having worked or volunteered in a range of Tory-facing seats. Her home seat has been Kingston & Surbiton since 2011 and I was Ed Davey’s agent in 2017 and 2019 and she has spent time campaigning in Herefordshire, Cornwall and Portsmouth and providing help to organise Lib Dems in Communications.


Federal Board Representative - Neil Fawcett 

Neil Fawcett is a leading party campaigner and trainer. He works as Chief of Staff to Layla Moran MP and helps coordinate campaigning for the Lib Dems in Oxfordshire. He is a County, District and Town Councillor in his home town of Abingdon and is a Cabinet Member on the Vale of White Horse District Council. He has worked in various roles in the party since his first job as Youth & Student Officer.

 

 


House of Commons Representative - Tim Farron 

Tim is the Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale and a former party leader. Tim’s win in 2005 ended a 95 year rule by the Tories, winning by 267 votes. In the 2010 general election Tim maintained his seat and achieved an 11.1% swing from the Conservatives.

Tim was elected as President of the Liberal Democrats in January 2011 by an all members ballot. He was re-elected in autumn 2012, until handing over the role at the beginning of January 2015. In his role as Party President Tim has oversaw the move to a new LDHQ on Great George Street, the appointment of a new Chief Executive, and the introduction of paid interns to party HQ. Tim’s proudest achievement is leading the campaign which achieved a rise in party membership, making the Liberal Democrats the first governing party in recent history to have increased its membership while in power.

In January 2015 Tim was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesperson. He was re-elected in the 2017 and 2019 General Elections.


House of Lords Representative - Lynne Featherstone

Lynne was a minister during the coalition 2010 - 2015 in both the Home Office and DFID. She was first elected to Parliament as MP for Hornsey & Wood Green in 2005. She was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage law and introduced and spearheaded the Government work on FGM. She is currently in the Lords and prior to being elected to Parliament she was the Leader of the Opposition on Haringey Council 1998-2002 and a councillor there until 2006. She was a member of the London Assembly 2000 - 2005 where she was Chair of Transport in London and a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

 


English Party Representative - Iain Donaldson 

Iain works as the Research Administrator for the Manchester Self-Harm Project at the University of Manchester. His previous roles have included working in the finance department at the University and Pensions Administration in the private sector. He served as a Manchester City councillor for 19 years, has been a parliamentary candidate three times and a parliamentary agent twice. He has served as a School Governor and as a trustee of a Youth Charity.

 


Scottish Party Representative - Alan Reid 

Convener of Scottish Lib Dem Campaigns & Candidates Committee, up to 2001 worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst, 2001-2015 MP for Argyll & Bute, Since 2017 Councillor on Argyll & Bute Council

 

 

 

 


Welsh Party Representative - Julian Tandy 

Julian was elected as the Executive Officer for Campaigns and Communications, and as State Chair for Candidates, in 2019. During the 2019 General Election he was the Non-target Seat Campaigns Coordinator for Wales, with responsibility for Candidates and the Freepost.

He has used his experience in running a business, managing large teams and leading a national non-profit organisation in Wales to help organise and energise both his Local Party and the Welsh Party.


Co-opted Member - Tim Razzall 

Tim Razzall has 24 years’ experience as a Councillor in Richmond upon Thames, 13 years as Deputy Leader and Chair of Policy and Resources. A member of the House of Lords since 1997, Tim has been a front bench Spokesperson on Trade and Treasury matters since 1998, currently as Spokesman for Manufacturing. He was the last Treasurer of the Liberal Party and was Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999.

He Chaired the 2001 and 2005 election campaigns, our most successful since 1929.

He was a solicitor until 1995, specialising in Company Law. Since then he has run his own Corporate Finance practice.

 


Chair of the Joint Candidates Sub-Committee - Alison Suttie (co-opted member)

A Member of the House of Lords since October 2013, Alison worked for over ten years in the House of Commons as well as ten years in the European Parliament. She was Press Secretary to Pat Cox during his time as President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004. She was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, from June 2010 to October 2011 during the Coalition Government. She was head of the Liberal Democrat Leader’s Office from 2006 to 2011.

Since 2012 Alison has worked on projects in several parliaments, including in Jordan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. She is engaged in advocacy and youth engagement projects in North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and is an Ambassador for the homelessness charity, Depaul International.

She is currently the Party’s Northern Ireland Spokesperson in the House of Lords.

Alison speaks fluent Russian and French and is learning Arabic.

 


Chief Executive of ALDC - Tim Pickstone (ex officio member) 

Tim Pickstone is Chief Executive of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC).
He has served as a councillor on Bury MBC since 2000.

 

 

 

 

 


Director of Strategy, Research and Messaging - Mimi Turner (staff)


Director of Field - Dave McCobb (staff)


 

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