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Your chance to chair a Lib Dem policy working group – four chairs advertised

Another little blow for openness and member involvement: at the last meeting of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee (FPC) I got the committee to agree that in future when we’re appointing policy working group chairs we should first publicly advertise the roles.

Previously the FPC has relied on informal, private headhunting for such roles. That makes some sense given the specialist skills and knowledge required. But it is also an approach which risks insularity with the committee missing out good people who do not immediately come to mind, and especially the risk of over relying on people who are like and most known to committee members rather than the people who are the best for the job.

Hence the four adverts which have now appeared, reproduced below. The application form for the four posts is here [now closed] and the application deadline is 1st June.

As the point of advertising the posts is to make sure a wider range of people hear about them, please do help spread the news – thank you!

Non-Executive Chair for our Education Policy Working Group

You’ll lead on setting the direction of Liberal Democrats’ Education Policy for the next Parliament.

You’ll play a key role

  • Influencing the party’s education policy development and direction
  • Management of a specialised group of policy volunteers
  • Close work with our spokespeople and parliamentarians on education policy issues
  • Engagement with external policy experts
  • Running of a comprehensive consultation and engagement strategy

Your characteristics and expertise

  • Sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats’ values and campaigns
  • Expertise and vision in teaching, schools or further education, or social mobility
  • Record of forming and leading an effective long-term strategic focus group from scratch

Time commitment
Up to 20 days a year (typically 4 hours a week).

This position is voluntary.

Non-Executive Chair for our Rural Policy Working Group

You’ll lead on setting the direction of Liberal Democrats’ Rural Affairs Policy for the next Parliament.

You’ll play a key role

  • Influencing the party’s rural policy development and direction
  • Management of a specialised group of policy volunteers
  • Close work with our spokespeople and parliamentarians on rural policy issues
  • Engagement with external policy experts
  • Running of a comprehensive consultation and engagement strategy

Your characteristics and expertise

  • Sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats’ values and campaigns
  • Expertise and vision in local services, communities, or agriculture.
  • Record of forming and leading an effective long-term strategic focus group from scratch

Time commitment
Up to 20 days a year (typically 4 hours a week).

This position is voluntary.

Non-Executive Chair for our Foreign Policy Working Group

You’ll lead on setting the direction of Liberal Democrats’ Foreign Policy for the next Parliament.

You’ll play a key role

  • Influencing the party’s foreign policy development and direction
  • Management of a specialised group of policy volunteers
  • Close work with our spokespeople and parliamentarians on foreign policy issues
  • Engagement with external policy experts
  • Running of a comprehensive consultation and engagement strategy

Your characteristics and expertise

  • Sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats’ values and campaigns
  • Expertise and vision in foreign affairs, international development, trade or defence
  • Record of forming and leading an effective long-term strategic focus group from scratch

Time commitment
Up to 20 days a year (typically 4 hours a week).

This position is voluntary.

Non-Executive Chair for our Business & Economic Policy Working Group

You’ll lead on setting the direction of Liberal Democrats’ Business & Economy Policy for the next Parliament.

You’ll play a key role

  • Influencing the party’s business and economic policy development and direction
  • Management of a specialised group of policy volunteers
  • Close work with our spokespeople and parliamentarians on business and economic policy issues
  • Engagement with external policy experts
  • Running of a comprehensive consultation and engagement strategy

Your characteristics and expertise

  • Sympathetic to the Liberal Democrats’ values and campaigns
  • Expertise and vision in industry, business, innovation or the economy.
  • Record of forming and leading an effective long-term strategic focus group from scratch

Time commitment
Up to 20 days a year (typically 4 hours a week).

This position is voluntary.

 

The application form for the four posts is here [now closed].

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