The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) is responsible for overseeing the effective running of Conference, including the selection of motions and amendments for debate. Members are expected to be as objective as possible in attempting to select motions and amendments which will ensure good debate. The FCC is also responsible for running sessions in the Hall at Conference and provides drafting advice and liaison with members submitting motions.
The next elections are due to take place in Autumn 2022, for terms starting 1st January 2023. The current membership is as follows:
Chair: Geoff Payne (Directly elected member)
Geoff Payne is the chair of the Federal Conference Committee. He is a former member of the Federal Policy Committee and a barrister.
Vice Chair: Nicholas da Costa (Directly elected member)
Nick is a councillor for Alexandra Ward in Harengey, former PPC for Enfield North (2017) and London Assembly Candidate for Enfield and Haringey (2016). He was part of Lynne Featherstone's election team in 2010 and 2015. Nick grew up in Vienna, and has been in the UK since 1999, and currently works in the healthcare sector in international business, having previously headed the conferencing department for a major scientific charity.
Vice Chair: Jon Ball (Directly elected member)
Jon has been a councillor for Ealing Common since 2002. Outside politics Jon works in the film and TV industry
Vice Chair: Cara Jenkinson (Directly elected member)
Cara joined FCC in 2017. She was Chair of Haringey Liberal Democrats from 2012 to 2015, and was election agent for Baroness Lynne Featherstone in 2015. After many years in IT project management, Cara completed a Masters in Energy and the Environment in 2017, and now works for an environmental charity.
Party Body Representatives
Dr. Mark Pack (Party President)
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. He's also been a Visiting Lecturer at City University in the Journalism Department.
Jon Burree (Welsh Rep)
Jon is the Welsh Rep on the Federal Conference committee. He was previously Chair of the Welsh Conference Committee in 2019. In 2020 Jon will have been a member of the Party or predecessor party for 40 years. A campaigner & activist from Llanelli in Carmarthenshire he was a member of Llanelli Town Council from 1991-95. A former member & Secretary of the Welsh Party National Executive Committee, Jon now serves as the Vice Chair of the Welsh Board as well as sitting on the Welsh Membership Development Committee & is also is the Welsh Rep on the Federal People Development Committee. Jon is currently retired after spending some years caring for family members.
Jenni Lang (Scottish Rep)
Jenni has been the Scottish representative to FCC for several years. She is currently Head of Communications for a small, ethical energy supplier. She has over 20 years of experience working in PR, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and brand reputation. She is also the Vice Chair of Career Ready Scotland, a national charity which supports young people who face barriers to meet their full potential in the world of work. She is also a trustee of North Edinburgh Arts Centre.
Jennie Rigg (English Rep)
Jennie is a candidate assessor for the party, co-host of Glee Club, and the former chair of LGBT+ lib dems. She once resigned from the party on a point of principle. The principle hasn’t changed, but the party has.
She lives in Yorkshire with her dogs, her daughter, and sundry partners. She believes that liberalism is best advanced when we are open and transparent, to which end she blogs about her work on FCC at: https://miss-s-b.dreamwidth.org/tag/fcc.
Simon McGrath (Federal Board Rep)
Simon joined the Liberal Party at University in 1976 because of its opposition to apartheid and support for gay rights and civil liberties. Since then he has had a number of roles including being Chair of the Association of Liberal Trade Unionists, Parliamentary
and Council candidate and local party officer. He is currently Secretary of the London Region and the English Party rep on the Federal Board.
Simon is a strong believer in “4 cornered Liberalism “ – Political, Social, Personal and Economic and is on the Board of Liberal Reform
Duncan Brack (Federal Policy Committee Rep)
An independent environmental policy analyst and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, he was a special adviser to Chris Huhne at the Department of Energy and Climate Change during the coalition government. He edits the quarterly Journal of Liberal History and co-edited Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Century (2007) and The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government (2013). He was chair of the Federal Conference Committee 2003-10 and vice-chair of the Federal Policy Committee 2012-19.
Belinda Brooks-Gordon (Federal Policy Committee Rep)
Belinda is the Regional Brexit Spoke for the Eastern Region, a member of Regional Exec, and a former County Councillor in Cambridge. Nationally she is an elected ALDE Party council member. She is a Reader in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, where she is also Asst Dean for Equalities.
James Gurling (Federal Communications and Elections Committee Rep)
James was elected 3 times to Southwark Council. He was a press Aide to Paddy Ashdown on the '97 General Election tour and later Leadership Election Agent and adviser to Charles Kennedy. He has Chaired two General Elections campaigns (2017 & 2019) and conducted the 2010 and 2015 election Reviews.
A Managing Director in a communications consultancy, James is the outgoing Chair of FCEC.
Directly elected members
Dr Chris Adams is a committed Liberal Democrat, joining the party in February 2013. Previously an academic historian, Chris began his career in politics working for Mark Williams, the then Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion, from 2011-2015. While there he helped champion the rights of neglected children, drafting legislation to make psychological abuse of children criminal.
Chris then moved to become Chief of Staff to former Party President Sal, Baroness Brinton, from 2015-2018, where he oversaw reviews of both the Party's internal governance and its disciplinary processes.
In 2017 he stood as parliamentary candidate in Greenwich and Woolwich, increasing the Liberal Democrat share of the vote there, against the national trend. He now works for MHP Communications as a political consultant.
John BridgesJohn was born and raised in Hertfordshire but went Manchester University in 1980 and has been there ever since.John was a Manchester City councillor in Gorton South for 18 years and is standing in the new City Centre ward of Deansgate in May 2020. He has been a PPC four times, most recently in the Manchester Central constituency in 2019.He has worked for the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) since 2005 and has attended most Federal conferences since Llandudno Assembly in 1981. He has co-hosted the conference Glee Club for many years.John is a keen Manchester City supporter, helping set up the club’s LGBT+ supporters group, and chaired Manchester’s only gay football club for many years.
Liz became shadow on Health from 1992-1994 and then shadow on Social Security from 1994-1997, and also covered the disabled peoples' rights portfolio. Liz was MP for Rochdale from 1992-1997 and MEP for the West Midlands from 1999-2012. She is now President of the Mid Worcestershire party and Vice President of Liberal Democrat Women.
Chris is chair of London Liberal Democrats.
Joe is a Sheffield City councillor, representing Dore and Totley ward since 2011. He has stood for parliament 3 times, the European Parliament and Police and Crime Commissioner, and was chair of Sheffield Hallam local party 2010-2012. He is also the author of the comedy science fiction thriller Tea and Tentacles at Zeta Reticuli.
Bex joined FCC in 2019 as a directly elected member. They campaigned in Ealing, spending time on the local party exec, before moving to York where they are now based.
Rachelle is an immigrant to the UK moving here18 years ago. I'm a Borough councillor and Shadow Planning Executive on Wokingham Borough Council, a directly elected member of the Engish Council Executive. I also was previously a directly elected member of the Federal Policy Committee and Vice-chair of the South Central Region. I'm also a school governor, Parish Councillor, and constantly reading several novels. I have several degrees including a doctorate.
Joe is a Liberal Democrat activist in Hertfordshire. He was recently a candidate for election to Dacorum Borough Council, and worked as one of the party’s Field Organisers during the 2019 general election.
In addition to his FCC role, Joe serves on the committees of the Radical Association and the Social Liberal Forum.