Liberal Democrats

How to be a...

Local Party Membership Officer.

What's the role?


Managing your local party’s membership is a big task, but is also a highly rewarding one. It suits well organised people with great personal skills.

You are the main point of contact for most members, making sure that they are involved with the Lib Dem community where you live. You will arrange events for them to attend and get them involved with campaigning. You've also got the important job of keeping your members up to date with their payments, and are the local party lead on recruiting more members.

What's it about?

Elaine Ford is the Membership Secretary for Edinburgh North East and Leith Liberal Democrats.

Key tasks


Help & Support

Skills & Attributes

Being a great membership secretary means you'll need a few key skills and attributes:

  • A good all-round communicator.
  • Someone with strong attention to detail and good administrative skills.
  • A good event organiser.
  • Someone who is friendly and approachable, with good all-round people skills.

How to Apply

The Membership officer is a role on the local party executive. As such it is elected each year at your local party's AGM. Any member of the party can stand to be Membership officer. In England and Wales it is referred to as Membership Development Officer (or 'MDO'), and in Scotland it is referred to as Membership Secretary. 


3-4 hours per week

Page Contributors

Mark Lunn, South Cambridgeshire

Elaine Ford, Edinburgh North East and Leith 

John Marsden, South West Wiltshire

Caroline Leaver, North Devon

Brenda Tyzack, Brigg, Goole and Scunthorpe

Simon Fisher, Chippenham

Owen Temple, Northern Durham

Stephen Atkinson, Liverpool

David Lee, Tandridge

Mike Pringle, South Edinburgh