Liberal Democrats

Federal International Relations Committee

The Federal International Relations Committee (FIRC) manages the Party’s relationships with sister parties internationally and oversees the organisation and provision of training for sister parties outside the UK.

In addition, the FIRC co-ordinates the work of internationally-minded organisations within the framework of the Party and advises the Party on international policy where appropriate.

The Chair of the FIRC chairs its meetings and acts as the main point of contact with sister parties, alongside the International Office. The Chair is elected by the whole committee from among the directly elected members of the committee. The committee members meet four times a year and ensures that the Party is represented with attending Liberal International (LI) and Alliance of Liberal and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) Party congresses and conferences where possible, at their own expense. Furthermore, the Committee assists the Federal Board in its monitoring of Liberal Democrats European Group (LDEG) and Liberal International British Group (LIBG).

The Committee consist of 22 members and is chaired by Robert Woodthorpe Browne who is also the LI Bureau Vice President.


FIRC CHAIR: Robert Woodthorpe Browne – Previously Chairman of LIBG and Parliamentary Candidates Association (PCA). Former Council Member of Chatham House. Lived and worked in West and East Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia as a reinsurance broker and founded the African Insurance Organisation.

Secretary: Denali Ranasinghe, Liberal International HR Committee, Social Liberal Forum Executive Committee

President: Baroness Sal Brinton, Federal President and Member of House of Lords

Elected FIRC Reps & Bios

Merlene Emerson: FIRC Vice Chair, Co-founder Chinese Liberal Democrats
Phillip Bennion: FIRC Vice Chair, Lib Dems West Midland Regional Executive
Jonathan Fryer: FIRC Vice Chair, London Brexit Spokesperson
Isabelle Pucher: International Office Rep
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trent: Chair of FDPC Diversity Sub Committee
Catherine Bearder: Member of European Parliament Rep
Belinda Brooks-Gordon: ALDE Council Rep
Peter Price: ALDE Council Rep
Mark Valladares: ALDE Financial Advisory Committee
Paul Reynolds: LIBG Executive
John Kelly: English Party Rep
Paul Fisher: Lib Dem in Europe Rep
George Cunningham: Lib Dem Overseas Rep
Joyce Onstead: Fed Board Rep
Nick Hopkinson: LDEG Rep
Graham Watson: Scot Joint Rep
Lord John Alderdice: Liberal International Rep
Ben Whitlock: Young Liberals Rep
Roger Williams: Wales Rep

If you wish to contact FIRC please email Denali Ranasinghe at


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