Regional Executive

The London Regional Executive helps to coordinate Liberal Democrat activities across London. We provide support to local parties to help with their campaigning, organise candidate selection and disciplinary matters, and take the lead in organising London Mayoral and Assembly campaigns.

Members of the Regional Executive are elected by the party's membership. The next elections are due to take place in Autumn 2019. 


Members


Ben Sims, Chair

As Chair of London Region, I am responsible for coordinating the work of the Executive and acting as the day to day executive officer between meetings.

My priority this year will be building up our party in London ready for the 2020 elections, while also making sure we keep up the pressure against Brexit and are ready for a potential General Election or Referendum campaign.

I'm currently the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leyton & Wanstead, and outside of politics I run a data services business.

 

 

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Elaine Bagshaw, Membership Engagement Coordinator

Working on Membership Engagement, my role is to ensure members have a fantastic experience, whether you've just joined us or you've been a member for a long time.

I'll be working this year to improve our training offer, so that you're empowered to take part and to take action in your community. I'll be creating more opportunities for people to share ideas and just get to know each other both on and offline.

I'm currently the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar & Limehouse. I work as a project and change manager and I'm training for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in September.

 

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Alice Bridges-Westcott

Alice is the Campaign Manager for Twickenham & Richmond local party covering Twickenham and Richmond Park & North Kingston constituencies. Alice is 25 and has worked for the party for 6 (or 7, can't remember) years - working her way up from Volunteer, to Intern, to Organiser, to Campaign Manager.

Alice originally started working for the party in Taunton, Somerset; heading then to North Devon before ending up in London after the 2015 General Election. Alice was elected to Richmond Borough council in may 2018 with a one vote majority, when they took control of Richmond from the Tories - going from 14 to 39 councillors.

As a councillor, Alice currently chairs a sub committee of the overview and scrutiny committee, sits on the regulatory committee and on the Mortlake crematorium board.

For future reference, a strong cup of tea and an episode of Death In Paradise is the way to Alice's heart.

 

Helen Cross , Vice-Chair Diversity, Member Engagement and Policy

As Vice Chair of the Regional London Exec for member engagement, policy and diversity.

I will be working across the regional executive to support initiatives that further improve our member’s active engagement with the Liberal Democrats, produce great cross London policy that connects with voters and ensure that all our party activity reflects the diversity of our great city.

I am a businesswoman with over 15 years experience advising board level clients on their strategy and organisation, particularly helping clients understand the impact of artificial intelligence and digital technology on their customers and employees.

 

 

Ruby Chow, By-election Coordinator

Ruby is an enthusiastic and hard working campaigner and can be frequently seen on the doorsteps across London in by-elections. As by-election coordinator, her aim is use her ample experience in that field to ensure and provide local parties assistance in running such campaigns.

She has also recently been elected to the executive committee of English Liberal Democrats. A champion of free markets and civil liberties, she has sat on the board of Liberal Reform since 2018. Outside of Liberal Democrat activities, Ruby is heavily involved in the food and drink industry, and is an ardent Arsenal supporter.

 

 

Pete Dollimore, Chair, Campaigns Committee

I live in Hillingdon and am retired from an engineering and management career in broadcasting.

I’m particularly interested in campaign techniques, including technical matters such as printing and party software. As a party trainer I work with ALDC, various Regions and individual small groups (perhaps your local party!) to share skills and ideas.

My priorities for 2019 are to grow campaign activity especially in the smaller groups, and to support everyone in achieving a great outcome in the 2020 London Assembly elections.

 

Scott Emery, Chair, Local Parties Committee

I'll be the Chair of the Local Parties Committee for the next year. This deals with disciplinary issues facing our members in the region.

I previously dealt with disciplinary for the Young Liberals and currently sit on the Regional Parties Committee, which deals with state disciplinary.

I'm also a Councillor in Haringey and hoping to help make sure we get as many Liberal Democrats elected as possible.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema and playing football for London Romans FC, an LGBT football team in Haringey.

 

 

Jill Fraser, Conference Chair

Hi I am your new London Conference Chair and will be organising two conferences this year, which I hope you will come to and enjoy. I am also on our Regional Candidates Committee. I see both roles as supporting members and candidates to help our party achieve future successes. I was a Camden Councillor for 11 years and twice a Parliamentary Candidate. I have organised numerous social and political events for Camden and also London Region during my previous spell as Conference Chair.

 

Jonathan Fryer

A former Chair of London Liberal Democrats, I am currently the Party’s Brexit spokesperson for London and PPC for the Cities of London and Westminster. I am also a Vice-Chair of the Party Federal International Relations Committee.

Professionally, I am a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Previously based at BBC World Service radio I now work mainly for Middle Eastern TV channels and lecture at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

 

 

Olly Glover

My priorities on the Regional Executive are to help create content on pan-London stories which local parties can easily use; lead transport policy development for our 2020 elections; and work closely with Wandsworth, Lambeth and Merton parties, to ensure the Executive is meeting their expectations and communicating effectively.

I live in Balham and am Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tooting. When not Lib Deming, I work in transport planning.

 

Matthew Green, Treasurer

I am Treasurer for the Region, responsible for managing the party's accounts, including the compliance of donations with PPERA rules. This will take on increasing importance as we approach GLA elections in 2020, as both fundraising and campaign spending will increase.

I am a retired Chartered Accountant and a former Finance Director and Operations Director in financial services.

I've been with party or its predecessors since 1981, acting as a local party officer and election agent for most of that time. I joined the Regional Executive in 2011 and have been Treasurer since mid 2012.

I blog at thinkingliberal.co.uk.

 

Chris Hudson

As a member of the London Region Executive I want to help develop parties that have a desire to expand and start winning. There is a huge opportunity with the right training, support, and campaigns to really help areas grow.

As Chair of Southwark and having been involved with several other local parties I have had a lot of experience of campaigning and running a local party. The 2020 Mayoral and GLA elections give us a fantastic opportunity to try new things, and build up our party to persuade people who have never talked to a Liberal Democrat.

 

Julie Ireland, Vice-Chair, Campaigns Capacity and Local Parties

As Vice-Chair of London Region, I am responsible for campaigns capacity and liaison with local parties in order to support all campaigns in the region. I’ll be working particularly closely with parties without elected councillors and who have limited local capacity to establish the most effective support we can give them.

I joined the party in 2015 and since then I have stood as a constituency candidate for Bexley and Bromley in the London Assembly Election in 2016, as a parliamentary candidate for Beckenham in 2017, and as a local council candidate for Bromley in 2018.

Outside of politics, I’m a single parent with 2 grown up children, and I work full time in the City of London as an IT and Office Services Manager for a research company.

 

 

Chris Maines

Chris's first involvement was with the party in Orpington, where he was elected as a Councillor. During his 20 years representing Orpington ward, the Council group grew to 25 and Chris became the only non-Tory leader of Bromley Council between 1998 and 2001. He fought the Orpington parliamentary seat several times missing out by 269 votes in 2001. In 2006 Chris moved to Lewisham where he was elected to represent Blackheath ward and was involved in building our biggest ever representation on Lewisham Council. He has twice been the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Executive Mayor in Lewisham.

Chris is a long serving member of the Federal Conference Committee having for many years been the Chief Steward of Party Conference. He has is the past been elected to the party's Federal Executive. Chris was Chair of the London Region between 2016 and 2019 and has recently been selected to the fourth position on the Liberal Democrat London Assembly list to fight the 2020 elections.

 

Tilly McAuliffe, Business Liasion

As a member of the London Regional Exec, Tilly will be working hard with London business people and entrepreneurs to ensure we are listening to their needs while creating a sustainable economy. Tilly is also the Chair of both the Lib Dem Business & Entrepreneurs Network and the Lib Dem Creative Network, sits on the LD Fundraising Board and is a Trustee of Your Liberal Britain.

In her work life, Tilly is the owner of Think Publishing, a magazine and online publishing company with 90 staff and offices in London, Glasgow and Windsor. Think publishes 42 magazines including the travel magazine, Wanderlust.

Tilly is a life-long Londoner, and currently lives in Brent with her family.

 

 

Simon McGrath, Secretary

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 was elected in May 2018 as a Councillor for the Dundonald Ward in Merton and is 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.

 

 

Alan Muhammed, Digital Coordinator

Alan is London Region's Digital Officer and has 14 years of political experience: as a former National Campaigns Officer for Lib Dem HQ, Guildford Borough Councillor and Liberal Reform co-founder. His priority is to build a digital team that supports campaigns leading up to the 2020 London Mayoral/GLA election through advertising, keeping members informed about social events and sharing best practice online. He has lived in Islington for the past 10 years, grew up in Bromley and his family are from Cyprus. He is a senior manager for a global consulting and technology company.

 

Brian Orrell, Candidates Chair

As London Candidates Chair, I have overall responsibility for the Approval and Selection of all our Parliamentary Candidates in London for 73 constituencies and 25 London Assembly Candidates + London Mayor. I have done this for five out of the last six General Elections, London Assembly Elections and Euro Elections.


Diversity is a top priority and I am pleased to record that in the recent Selection for The London Mayor and GLA, we achieved we achieved 50% women and 50% BAME which is the highest-ever achieved by our Party anywhere in the UK.

 

 

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