An impressive panel of 15 people is investigating the lessons from the general and European elections for the Liberal Democrats.
They are a mix of people with extensive experience of election campaigning in the UK (but not involved in the decision-making last year), a colleague from a sister liberal party outside the UK and people with relevant expertise from outside the Lib Dems on how organisations should be run and decisions made, such as the former CEO of a German multi-national.
I’ve previously covered the appointment of Dorothy Thornhill to head up the independent review into the general and European elections. Quick pen-portraits of her fourteen colleagues have now been added to the party website:
|Carole Ford||I joined in 2015 and since then have stood as a council, Scottish parliament and GE candidate. I am the Scottish spokesperson on Children and Young People, and the national Policy Convener.|
|Rhys Taylor||I’ve been a member of the party since 2008, elected as a councillor in 2017 and have previously been a candidate for Welsh Assembly elections and was a candidate in the December election.|
|Annelou Van Egmond||Responsible for strategy, operations and finance which grew vote share from 2% to over 15% for political party Democrats 66 (The Netherlands). Since 2017 Vice-President of ALDE, supporting member parties while preparing for their campaigns through training and sharing of good practices & data, and runs a strategic communication company that specialising in spokesmanship for cabinet ministers and CEOs.|
|Juergen Maier||Former CEO of Siemens UK. UK Industrialist and Government adviser. NED for the Department of BEIS under Vince Cable’s leadership 2014-16. Strong liberal values and responsible capitalist. Passionate about innovation led frontier industries leading a new prosperity revolution for our regions.|
|Ben Goodwin||Stood as Broadland PPC in 2019. 17 years in the RAF, a fighter pilot with stints at the top level of the Ministry of Defence and NATO as a military assistant to the most senior military officer in both organisations.|
|Justin Ash||A long time Liberal Democrat member and financial supporter with wide-ranging experience across a number of businesses.|
|David Howarth||Joined the party in the 1970s, became a councillor, leader of the council, MP, and Electoral Commissioner, and is, professionally, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Cambridge|
|Roderick Lynch||I came to the party in 2004 out of admiration of the work of Jonathon Hunt & Simon Hughes MP were doing in the London Borough of Southwark. Stood for Council elections in 2010. Nationally recognised Entrepreneur Businessman and Non-Exec. Been a local activist and donor. Chair of LDCRE fighting race inequality & diversity. LIB Dem FASC auditor. BAME Liberal to the core.|
|Sara Bedford||A member and activist since student days 35 years ago, I have held posts at all levels of the party. I ‘m now the Leader of Three Rivers District Council and a ‘home and away’ campaigner.|
|Steve Jolly||I joined the party (eventually) in 1998 and since then have had a myriad of roles, from deliverer, to branch chair to Head of National Campaigns for the Federal Party. Whilst I have been a paid staffer over the years, I’m now very much a volunteer activist.|
|Helena Cole||I grew up in a Lib Dem household delivering my first Focus at 4, stood for Parliament in 2000 and am currently the Chair of FASC. Outside politics I am Finance Director in the defence industry with 20 years experience in accountancy.|
|Andrew Stunell||Gained a seat on three different councils, ran ALDC for eight years, candidate in eight general elections, winning four, and in 2019 did posters, leaflets and door-knocking in a target seat. Election geek from the analogue age.|
|Shaffaq Mohammed||Shaffaq Mohammed – Former PPC, Leader of the Lib Dems on Sheffield City Council, Councillor for Ecclesall ward in Sheffield Hallam. Qualified youth worker in Sheffield, helping young people into education and employment in some of the most deprived areas of the city. Former Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber 2019-2020.|
|Dorothy Thornhill||I have been a party member since 1987, became a councillor, elected mayor, peer but have always regarded myself as a campaigner and not a party insider!|
|Elizabeth Desmond||I am relatively new to politics having joined the party in 2016. In my day job, I am a business person and Deputy CEO of a global investment management business. Since joining, I have supported the HQ fundraising effort and campaigned locally for my PPC in the last two elections.|
The team are running a consultation session at the York spring conference and I’m looking forward to them producing a rigorous and challenging report
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