Tim Gordon appointed new Liberal Democrat Chief Executive

The Liberal Democrats have today announced the appointment of Tim Gordon as the Party’s new Chief Executive.

Tim will take up this position on 9 January 2012

Party President, Tim Farron, who headed the appointment panel, said: 

“Tim Gordon brings to the role a lifetime of commitment to the Party, as a volunteer, campaigner and candidate but also a strong commercial background and clearly demonstrated leadership qualities.” 

Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minster, Nick Clegg said: 

“I am delighted with the appointment of Tim Gordon as the Party’s next Chief Executive. This is a challenging role, but one that it is of immense importance to the organisation as we continue to adapt operationally to being in government and work towards the next election. 
 
“Having met Tim a few times I have been greatly struck by his intuitive understanding of the party at every level and clear vision for our professional organisation.”

Tim Gordon said:

"I look forward to taking on this challenge. During my nearly 25 years of involvement in the Party I know that our professional staff have helped us punch above our weight. I look forward to working with them to make that punch even more potent.” 

Tim Gordon has been a party activist since his teens, when he first volunteered for the SDP “Yes to Unity” campaign, and has since campaigned in every major election. He worked as a researcher for David Steel, when he was Foreign Affairs spokesperson, and has been a member of several policy working groups over the years. He stood as parliamentary candidate in Rotherham in 2005. He is currently an active member in Islington.

Tim Gordon’s professional career has been shaped in the world of strategic business management. He started at the Financial Times, before working at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and most recently as Group Development Director at European Directories, a large European media company. 

Tim takes over from Chris Fox, who leaves the party on Wednesday to take up a new role as Director of Group Communications at a FTSE100 engineering company. 

Paying tribute to Chris Fox, Tim Farron said: 

“Chris’ lasting legacy is a modern party organisation, working from a fit for purpose new Headquarters. We are very grateful for his service and wish him the best of luck with his new role.”

Hilary Stephenson, the current Director of Elections and Skills, will serve as Acting Chief Executive during the five week interim period.


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