The General Committee

The General Committee – Who’s who?

 

The National Liberal Club is owned by the members. There are 1,950 of us at the start of 2022 and, collectively, we are the Club’s sovereign body – expressing our will through the Annual General Meeting and regular meetings of the General Committee, which we all elect.

Club members are now also the sole shareholders in the limited Company, set up in 1978, called National Liberal Club Ltd. This follows the Club’s recent purchase of the controlling share in the Company from the Robson Charitable Trust – which saved the Club from financial ruin in the late 1970s.

The Company manages the day-to-day operations of the Club, runs its various services and hires and employs all the staff. The Board of Directors – all drawn from Club members plus its CEO – can be found here.

The working relationship between Club and Company has been under review, following the change outlined above, and the Club and the Board continue to work towards establishing working practices that produce the best outcomes for the Club and its members. Below is what you need to know about the 30 elected Club members, along with the honorary Officers and Vice-Presidents, who make up our General Committee

 

Tim McNally
Club Chair
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In my role as the Club’s Chair, I attend all our main committees and sit on the Board of NLC Limited, while also serving as the link person for relations with the Liberal Democrats, Liberal International and the Alliance Party. I am a former LibDem councillor, and an Alderman of the London Borough of Southwark. I run a Greenwich-based charity ICT company, TISL, and chair or serve as trustee for seven charities, mainly targeted at supporting the elderly, as well as chairing an educational foundation. As a Liveryman and Chair of Membership of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, I am a Freeman of the City of London where I am active in five guilds. In my new role as the Club’s Chair, my main objectives for the year ahead include listening to the members, growing the membership, making better use of Club space, working with the Board on improving food quality and reliability, and embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all we do. I also hope to enhance what we offer to members through our many Clubs, Circles and Forums, and embed sustainability throughout our work and operations. When not at the Club, I enjoy opera, wine and walking - particularly in my beloved Madeira when Covid restrictions allow me to go there. I live in Bermondsey with my partner, Claire Mayne, who is also active in the Club, and our teenage son, Matteo. (Tim joined the Club in 1985 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2016)
Genevieve Arblaster-Hulley
Art Curator
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As an expert on the construction history and the architecture of our Clubhouse, I am passionate about its conservation. It was the subject of my Master of Studies (Cantab) thesis, which followed a History of Art degree including the care and conservation of works of art. It is an honour to assist the Club in my capacity as Art Curator. I have been a regular visitor to the Club since 2015, both as a guest of my (now) husband and for research purposes, before becoming a member. Previously a financial investment adviser, I swapped Bloomberg and spreadsheets for Borromini and Sickert. I now work as a heritage consultant advising on listed buildings. (Genevieve joined the Club in 2019)
Janet Berridge
Vice-President
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Birmingham-born, I’m a committed European now living in Berlin and working with my husband, Michael, as a freelance translator to the music business. A General Committee member from 2007 - 2019, I also served on the General Purposes and Membership Committees, and initiated the Literary and German Circles. I introduced the first German reciprocal clubs, supported participation in “Open House weekend”, hosted LibDem receptions at the Club, and championed many recently-established NLC Forums. I was a prison visitor, Witness Service volunteer – supporting witnesses at court, and a charity worker in Canterbury. I was active in LibDem politics - first in Canterbury from 2000, then in Bromley until 2018 - and am now an active member of the (reciprocal) International Club, Berlin. My interests: music, literature, handcrafts, swimming. (Janet joined the Club in 2004 and was Chair between 2016–2018).
Kate Birch
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A member of the Club’s Marketing & Communications Committee, I also co-chair the Literary Circle and am on the NLC’s Diversity and Art Collection Working Groups. I publish inksweatandtears.co.uk – an online poetry and prose magazine with a small print section which has seen several pamphlets shortlisted for major poetry awards. I sit on the board of Poetry School, described as the UK’s largest provider of poetry education and ‘inspiring tuition’, and also support small-scale theatre productions, poetry scholarships and projects. Am currently working with writer development agency Spread the Word and academics from Glasgow University on the Runaways Project, which involves creative responses from Black and South Asian writers and artists to adverts published in London in the Restoration period to help trace runaway slaves. Few are even aware that slavery was practised in the UK. (Kate joined the Club in 2008 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2018)
John Bryant
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I am a retired company director of my own company, JBGS Brent Ltd, which provided services to school governors in the London Borough of Brent. I also helped to create the Brent Schools Partnership, a company which continues to provide training services to schools. A parliamentary candidate for Hull Central 1979, and for Beverley 1987, I served as a Liberal or Liberal Democrat councillor on Hull City and Humberside County Councils in the 1980s, and more recently LB Camden from 2002-2014, where I was Executive Member for Children for two years and Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee for six years. A member of the Club's Marketing & Communications Committee, I was also Vice-Chair of the recent Rules Revision Working Group. (John joined the Club in 2018 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2019)
Theo Butt Philip
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As well as serving on the General Committee, I am Chair of the Orpington Circle, which commemorates that famous by-election victory, organises the annual Orpington Dinner and raises funds for Liberal Democrat by-election campaigns. To raise money for NLC members standing as LibDem candidates in the 2019 General Election, I revived and chaired the Club’s election appeal. I stood for Parliament in Bridgwater and West Somerset in 2010 and 2015, and was a member of Wells City Council for eight years (including a year as Mayor). I currently work for South Gloucestershire Council as Political Assistant to the Liberal Democrat opposition group. I live in Wells with my wife, Belinda (also a Club member), and our two young children. (Theo joined the Club in 2001 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2017)
Peter Cargin
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I worked at the British Film Institute for 24 years as Editor of its magazine, Film. As a member of the International Film Press Critics - FIPRESCI - founded in 1933, I attended more than 30 film festivals around the world, often as a jury member, and have given a talk at the Club on ‘My Life at Film Festivals’. A trustee and Treasurer of The Critics’ Circle (founded 1913), I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA, and of the Arts Club. The first Club committee I joined was General Purposes, then the Membership Committee – where I went on to serve as Chair until 2021. I have been a member of the Liberals/ LibDems since 1988. Apart from film, music is my other love. (Peter joined Club in 1987 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2012)
Lord (David) Chidgey
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As a Chartered Consulting Engineer and Associate Partner with a London-based practice, I spent 20 years developing and directing major projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I was Chief Advisor in the creation of the Dublin Transport Authority and directed the design and reconstruction of 300 km of Guinea’s national route N1, and the doubling of the 80 km piped water supply to the capital, Conakry. My early engineering career began with the Admiralty, where I trained and graduated as a mechanical engineer. From there, I moved to Hampshire County Council and into civil engineering, graduating at what became Portsmouth University. In 1994, I won the Eastleigh by-election for the Liberal Democrats, retaining the seat at two subsequent general elections until I retired in 2005 and entered the House of Lords as Lord Chidgey of Hamble-le-Rice, whose village pubs I first discovered as a student. (Lord Chidgey joined the Club in 1994 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2014)
Elizabeth Crowther-Hunt (LVO)
Chairs General Purposes Cttee
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I enjoy political discussion, networking and fine dining – all on offer at our Club, which I came to join thanks to meeting an NLC member at a networking event. Such events and opportunities to network – to meet and develop contacts - are a major focus both at the Club and also at Westminster Business Council, where I am CEO. There we provide connections and intelligence to help London businesses grow, and introduce employers and students for career opportunities. In 2019 we ran our inaugural Business Awards Ceremony at the Club, where I also chair the Business Forum. My career has involved influencing government policy and pioneering innovative projects in deprived areas. I led the development of the national Prince's Trust Team programme to help unemployed young people build their confidence and find work. (Elizabeth joined the Club in 2016 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2018)
Nick Doherty
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I have always enjoyed the Club and so, after some 30 years as a member, I decided to stand for election to the General Committee. Now, as Chair of the NLC Shooting Club, I am involved in our social activities and am keen to further develop the social life of the whole Club. We have a diverse membership and a wide range of activities, and I welcome views on how the Club can be further improved. I also sit on the Club’s Membership Committee. My day job is as a barrister specialising in crime and firearms licensing law. I am a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Gunmakers Company. (Nick joined the Club in 1987 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2018)
Charles Gillett
Archivist
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I am a non-political member of the Club and joined specifically to contribute to the preservation of the NLC and, in particular, the building it occupies. Appointed as our Archivist in 2020, I am now responsible for conserving the Club’s archives (which stretch back to its formation in 1882), adding to the collection and making these archives available to legitimate researchers and - through occasional articles in the Club’s magazine - to the membership as well. A contentedly-retired Lloyd’s insurance broker, I specialised for 20 of my 45 working years in international construction projects. Since joining the Club, I have tried to be as active a member as I can to help ensure it continues to flourish. (Charles joined the Club in 2014)
Terence Gleed Richards
Vice-President
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I joined the Club more than 50 years ago and have served as its Chairman, as a Director of National Liberal Club Ltd, Trustee and Chairman of Club Trustees, as well as chairing the Membership Committee. I was a Liberal Parliamentary Candidate in 1974 and 1979. My interests include travel, opera, music and the arts, politics and gardening. (Terrence joined the Club in 1967 and was Chair between 1991-93)
Robert Hammond
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A senior civil servant, I am currently Deputy Director of Estates in HMRC. I’ve been a member of the Church of England General Synod since 2000, and am a lay canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. I recently stood down from chairing the Club’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Committee. In my spare time, I lead wine holidays to Italy and France, run the occasional wine tasting and I also judge for the International Wine and Spirit Competition. (Robert joined the Club in 2010 and was elected to the Gen Cttee in 2013)
The Revd Paul Hunt MA
Vice President
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I joined the Liberal Party in 1974 and the Club in the 1990s. I was first elected to the General Committee in 2000 and served as Club Chair and then Chair of National Liberal Club Ltd. Ordained in 1992, my clerical posts included chaplaincies at Mill Hill School and Emanuel School, and I also served as a Priest-in-Ordinary to HM the Queen, taking services at the Chapels Royal. I was recently coaxed out of retirement to become priest-in-charge of Hastings Old Town. (The Revd Hunt join the Club in 1992 and was Chair between 2007–2010)
Katherine Goldklang
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I am a Londoner working in tech consultancy, mainly in the financial services industry although I have been recently enjoying the challenge of the public service sector. Outside of work, I’m a competitive cheerleader... the fastest growing sport within the UK and recently granted Olympic status. I enjoy eating out at every opportunity (anything to avoid washing up!), dancing Ceroc -- described by some as ‘modern jive’, and spending lots of time with my friends, often in and around Clubland. Within the NLC, I co-lead the Younger Members’ Circle, organising fun events for the under-35s, and have now joined the General Committee, where I would aim to ensure the ever-growing younger members’ community stays engaged in shaping how the NLC progresses and has a voice in any exciting club developments. (Katherine joined the Club in 2019 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2021)
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
Vice-Chair Membership Cttee
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I joined the Club as a political member in 2017, having been a regular visitor for more than 12 years. In 2018, I founded the Club’s LGBTQ+ Forum with a dedicated committee and represent an essential part of NLC’s motto of being London’s most “inclusive” and “diverse” club. Currently, I work for a not-for-profit organisation, The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), as their Global Relationship Manager. In 2015 I stood, as the first openly HIV+ parliamentary candidate in Vauxhall, and then in Ipswich at the 2017 & 2019 elections. Previously, I have chaired LGBT+ Liberal Democrats and, since 2018, I’ve chaired Liberal International British Group, part of Liberal International - which is also based at the Club. I was elected Vice-Chair of the Club’s Membership Committee in 2021. (Adrian joined the Club in 2017 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2020)
Gillian Kaile
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I am a life member of the Club, and a member of Liberal International. After an MSc. degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry, my career has been in management, finance and information technology. A member of Mensa, I am Director of Mensa at Cambridge - an annual international conference inviting prestigious speakers to discuss a topical issue: in Sept 2021 - The Skills Crisis. I am a former trustee of the Open University's charitable education fund - providing help for those with limited resources. Also, a life member of the Institute of Directors, and Art Fund - which raises money to aid the acquisition of artworks for the nation. A Liveryman (Glaziers) and Freeman of the City of London, my other interests include target rifle shooting, falconry and oriental carpets.
Dr Nick Kirby
Chairs Beer, Wine & Spirits Cttee
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I have been Lead Officer (Pensions) at the largest education union in the UK, the National Education Union, and formerly at the National Union of Teachers, since 2007. Before this, I was senior and then principal researcher at Which? magazine for six years, specialising in articles on pensions and investments. This followed on from my Ph.D. at the London School of Economics on UK pension policy. At the Club, I now chair the Beer, Wine and Spirits Committee, am a member of the Chess Circle and a regular attendee at Tuesday and Thursday Table. (Nick joined the Club in 2009 and was elected to the Gen Cttee in 2014)
Gordon Lishman CBE FRSA
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Until retirement, I was Director General of Age Concern (now merged into Age UK) and Chief Executive of the Age Concern Group. I am a Burnley Borough Councillor, Treasurer of the Social Liberal Forum, and Organising Secretary of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates Association. I’m also a Director of NLC Ltd. The many roles I have held in the Liberals and Liberal Democrats over nearly 60 years include Federal Board and predecessors (1969-2020); Chair, International Relations Committee; and Chair, Association of Liberal Councillors / Association of LD Councillors. I have been a Parliamentary candidate a total of seven times and a European Parliament candidate twice. With three children and five grand-children, I take delight in organising group family holidays. (Gordon joined the Club in 1978 and was elected to the Gen Cttee in 2014).
Saamir Mahmud
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Born in Karachi, I have lived in Pakistan, the USA and now the UK. I read Law at Oxford and Oriental Studies at Cambridge. Based in Bloomsbury, I am a barrister specialising in domestic violence, family law, asylum and immigration. At the Club, I chair the Bridge Circle and, as well as running fortnightly bridge, we will be starting regular open competitive Bridge sessions. I now sit on the Marketing and Communications Committee and the Beer, Wine and Spirits Committee, as well as both the Reciprocal Clubs and Diversity Working Groups. I am proud of my Pakistani heritage and have facilitated a meeting between our Club Chair and the Pakistan High Commissioner. Watch this space for further developments... I am a keen theatregoer, and like to think of myself as an approachable and eternal ’glass half full’ Sagittarian. (Saamir joined the Club in 2018 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2021).
Dennis Martin
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As well as joining the Club’s General Committee, I am a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee, the Not-So-Younger Members’ Group, Shooting Club, the German Circle, Defence and Security Circle, and the European and Commonwealth Forum. My work as a Risk, Compliance and Resilience Consultant is to help companies approach their risk and compliance management in a structured, strategic way. (Dennis joined the Club in 2018 and was Elected to the Gen Cttee in 2020).
Claire Mayne (She/Her)
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I am an active member of the Club’s Membership Committee, Diversity Working Group and Not-So-Younger Members’ Group. I chair the Catering Liaison Working Group, am Vice-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Forum and have a particular interest in membership recruitment and retention. By profession, I am an accountant experienced in charity finance, governance, IT system management, human resources, change management, and health & safety. In 2019, I resigned as a Chief Operating Officer, transitioned into the commercial aviation finance sector, and became a charity trustee and school governor. I’m a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. I have eclectic taste in music, consider myself an amateur chef and am a keeper of rare-breed chickens. Other interests include opera, ballet art, travel and all things queer. (Claire joined the Club in 2018 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2020).
Michael Meadowcroft
Vice-President
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Served as the Club’s Librarian and its Archivist, and also sat on the Wine Committee for many years. After joining the Liberal party in 1958, I held various party positions and was elected to Leeds City Council in the first Liberal success in the city for 30 years. Was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Leeds West from 1983 - 1987, and is an Honorary Alderman of the City of Leeds. Over some 25 years, I have led or been a member of more than 50 electoral assistance missions - providing advice and practical assistance to 35 new and emerging democracies on four continents. In recent years, my traditional jazz band has provided the music for the Club’s summer party. I write and lecture on Leeds political history – and contribute articles and obituaries for the Club magazine. (Micheal joined the Club in 1962 and rejoined in 1983).
Dr Michael C. McDonagh
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After nearly 40 years’ service in HM Armed Forces (Corps of Royal Engineers) and the Metropolitan Police, I moved from New Scotland Yard as a Counter Terrorism Commander to a multinational financial institution as their Global Head of Protective Security and Intelligence. I went on to become Managing Director of a bespoke risk, security and crisis management advisory consultancy, working with global organisations in a wide range of sectors including Formula One, cultural, media, sporting, governmental and Third Sector. In my spare time I am an avid reader, keen skier and hill walker and have recently become a member of the NLC Shooting Club and the Defence and Security Circle, both of which I am finding interesting and stimulating. (Dr McDonagh joined the Club in 2019 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2020)
Emma Moore
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A senior criminologist and human rights advocate with 16 years’ experience, I manage more than 500 people and multiple programmes. I am currently working to help procure funding so that many flat owners in high-rise blocks can afford to replace unsafe inflammable cladding. I founded and chair the Club’s Sustainability Forum, am the NLC Representative to the Gold Alliance (Under 40s European Interclub network), One Young World Ambassador, and an Executive MBA candidate. I am passionate about reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, and making the Club successful by working towards increased diversity and inclusivity. Among my other interests are upcycling - the creative reuse of discarded products, and ballroom dancing. (Emma joined the Club in 2019 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2020)
Dr Elizabeth Negus FCCT FRSA
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Since joining the NLC, I have enjoyed its convivial atmosphere and wide range of interesting Clubs and Circles. I chair the Diversity Working Group and am a member of the Commonwealth Forum, which has allowed me to work collaboratively with the Defence and Security Circle, among others. An international speaker on education issues, I have also debated in the House of Lords on ‘The challenges for international relations in the 21st Century’. A researcher, author and book editor, my work has also included mentoring students at secondary schools in oral presentations, and I’m a judge for the English-Speaking Union’s Churchill Public Speaking – the largest public speaking competition for schools in England and Wales. I am also a school governor. (Dr Negus joined the Club in 2017 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2018)
Inderjeet Singh Nijhar
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I chair the Club’s Political & Economic Circle and am a member of several others. I have been involved in many community and business start-ups since the 1980s, and have had a diverse professional career as one of the youngest CEOs to lead a housing association, and as Executive Director of the homeless charity, Centrepoint. Elected a councillor in 1994, I worked as a civil servant in the PM’s Strategy Unit on formulating national policy under Tony Blair and the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition. I have also held posts at both Capita and PwC. I chaired the national commemoration, based at the House of Lords, of those from the British ‘Empire’ who fought in both World Wars. I am a passionate foodie, and a big fan of the Italian home-sourced olive oil now available in our Clubhouse! (Inderjeet joined the Club in 2017 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2020)
Robert Orchard
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Hello, I’m a freelance political journalist, lecturer and copy editor, based in Cardiff and London, writing occasionally for Parliament’s own magazine, The House, among others. The son of a Devon farmer and Welsh nurse, I trained as a teacher after university before entering journalism in Cardiff, moving later to Westminster via Brussels and Strasbourg. After 25 eventful years as a BBC Political and then Parliamentary Correspondent, I became a very mature MA student at King's College London - decades after my 1st degree. I also rejoined the Club and was part of the working group that successfully recommended liberalising the dress code, though there is still more to do. I now sit on the Membership Cttee. Outside work, I have long enjoyed acting and producing – latterly with Tower Theatre in London and my own company, Moonlight Theatre, which toured Under Milk Wood to Malta in 2019. I am also a charity trustee for Homeopathy UK. (Robert joined the Club in 1984 & 2013 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2018)
Trevor Peel
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I chair the Club’s Commonwealth Forum and the European Forum, and serve on the General Purposes and Membership Committees. With colleagues, I established the annual NLC Diplomatic Reception. A retired prison governor, I’m also a former chair of the Independent Review Panel for Continuing Health Care, NHS England (2003-2014), and a former Mental Health Act Commissioner for England & Wales. I also serve on the International Committee of the Royal College of Nursing, and am a member of the Liberal Democrats and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. My interests include travelling (I worked in Guatemala & Honduras in the 1970’s), reading and the theatre. (Trevor joined the Club in 2011 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2014)
Michael Pickersgill
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Vice-President Joined Club 1996 Chairman 2013–2016 I am a retired Secondary Head Teacher and a senior management consultant. I was also a Director of the Centre for the Study of Comprehensive Schools. A former Chairman of the Club, I have also served on the General Committee (Vice-Chairman), General Purposes Committee (Chairman) and the Wine Committee (Vice-Chairman). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and one-time member on the Speaker’s Commission on Citizenship, I also served on the Metropolitan Police Working Party on Schools Involvement. A member of the Liberal Democrat Party and a former candidate in local elections, I am also a writer for my local party during election time. (Michael joined the Club in 2011 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2014)
Phil Reeves
Treasurer
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I qualified as a barrister and went into tax advisory work when I was persuaded (perhaps unwisely) to take the chartered accountancy exams, which I passed but not without significant effort. After 30 years in the tax profession, I semi-retired to work on one main client and am also Treasurer of The Cricket Society, which aims to promote cricket in all its spheres – playing, watching, listening and reading. A member of the NLC for nearly 35 years, I am currently the Club Treasurer, former Vice-Chair of the Beer, Wine & Spirits Committee, and a Board member of NLC Ltd. When not doing this and other work, I travel the world playing golf, watching cricket and trying to reduce my golf handicap - this is a work in progress. (Phil joined the Club in 1987)
Karin Rehacek
Vice-Chair - Chairs Membership Cttee
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Elected as Vice-Chair of the Club in July 2021, I currently chair the Membership Committee, the Reciprocal Clubs Working Group and the German Circle. I sit on the Staffing Group, am Secretary of the Shooting Club and was instrumental in setting up the NLC Women’s Network and Tuesday Table. I am heavily involved in many of our varied social events and have encouraged and supported members to stand for General Committee. As a seasoned Human Resources professional, I have more than three decades of experience within the international financial services industry and am a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. My interests include the arts, literature, walking, cooking and travel, having explored more than 80 countries. (Karin joined the Club in 2013 and was elected to the Gen Cttee in 2015)
Dr Keir Shiels
Vice-Chair, Beer, Wine & Spirits Cttee
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I am a consultant paediatrician at Great Ormond Street and have been a life-long Liberal Democrat, including a spell as sub editor of the Liberal Democrat Youth and Student magazine while at university. Before I entered medicine I had a brief career as a wine merchant in Cambridge. My time during the Covid pandemic has been split between developing distance-teaching methods for medical students and volunteering as a vaccinator in my local community of Wanstead and Woodford. I am keen to use this experience to improve the ability of members to access club events and committees from a distance. I have particular interests in theatre, food and drink and have been elected Vice-Chair of the Club’s Beer, Wine and Spirits Committee, and as a member of the General Purposes Committee. I’m delighted to now have the chance to contribute to sustaining the Club’s incredible current momentum. (Dr Shiels joined the Club in 2019 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2021)
Rahul Sinha
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Having recently moved to London from Washington DC, I have found the Club a real home from home. I currently advise the Fore Trust (a philanthropic foundation that funds small charities) on their grants programme and impact evaluation. Previously, I have worked in international development, on education policy, and as a macroeconomist at a think tank. I’m firmly committed to the liberal character of our Club, as those shared principles also animate my volunteer work. I serve on the Executive Committee of the civil liberties group, Liberty, and, as a party member, also serve on an Appeals Panel for the Liberal Democrats. I now sit on both the Club’s General Purposes and Beer, Wine and Spirits Committees. I am an avid theatregoer, and serve on the board of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. I'm also a competitive storyteller, and have performed in London, Tokyo, and Washington DC. I'm also hoping we can get an NLC cricket club together, so that I can join — once I learn how to play! (Rahul joined the Club in 2019 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2021)
Val Stansfield
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I am Vice-Chair of the Club's General Purposes Committee, and chair the Women's Network. The popular Tuesday and Thursday Tables are something I co-host: these provide an opportunity for members, new and old, to meet together, get to know new people and enjoy the comforts of the Bar and Dining Room just as much or as little as they please. My work is as an employment rights adviser for a trade union and, in such spare time as I have, I enjoy reading (mainly novels) and knitting. (Val joined the Club in 2008 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2019)
Angela Style
Vice President
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Originally from Sussex, I finished my education at the Lycée Français de Londres and became a secretary working initially in PR, then for the BBC and for CBS. Moving to Worcestershire with my family, I became a councillor and eventually the WRVS County Organiser... running ‘Meals on Wheels’ for the whole of Hereford & Worcester. I helped initiate a victim support scheme which was adopted nationally. After my husband died, I qualified as a probation officer, and became a councillor for Barnes -- helping create a 100 acre Wetlands with advice from Sir Peter Scott. In the NLC, I chaired the General Purposes Committee, launching the first Chinese New Year celebration and then Diwali. I now chair the Wednesday Lunch Circle. (Angela joined the Club in 2000)
Dr Seth Thévoz FRHistS
Librarian
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As Club Librarian, I curate our collections of rare Liberal books, pamphlets and ephemera. I am an academic historian and investigative journalist, with two specialisms: the history of British political finance, and the history of private members’ clubs. I am the author of Club Government (2018) and The Secret Life of London Clubs, due out in 2022. I sit on the Club’s Membership Committee. I’ve taught students across London, Oxford and Warwick Universities, and from Georgetown in the USA. Long-standing freelance assignments include Private Eye (allegedly) and openDemocracy, with a sideline in business intelligence consultancy, focused around risk. Shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize in History (2019) and the British Journalism Award for Best Investigation (2020). My work means I now have to be largely politically inactive; but I remain a lifelong Liberal, and have held various Lib Dem party posts. (Dr Théoz joined the Club in 2004)
His Hon Charles Welchman
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I am a retired circuit judge and a life-long Liberal - resigning my LibDem membership while a serving judge. A Club member in the 1970s, I re-joined post-retirement, and was delighted to find it revitalised. I chaired the working group which successfully recommended reforms to modernise the Club’s dress code in 2019, and sit on the Membership Committee. A Devonian by birth, I have lived in London since reading law at University College, where I was President of the Debating Society and Best Individual Speaker, Observer Mace 1965. Married Rosemary in 1972 – we have a son and daughter. At the Bar, I specialised latterly in clinical negligence and personal injuries. Contested Esher in Oct. 1974 and 1979, Putney in 1983. Outside politics and the law, interests include theatre, opera, biography and jazz as well as good food, wine and company. (Charles re-joined the Club in 2015 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2016)
Valerie Williams
Vice President
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Having started my working life with BP in London, I then moved to NATO in Paris before going to work in the United States. Upon my return to this country, I joined the European Commission’s office in London and am now a retired European Commission official. A life-long Liberal/Liberal Democrat, I was active in the constituency of St Marylebone, as Chairman, agent and Council candidate. I now live in a constituency – Kingston and Surbiton – with a Liberal Democrat MP, where I help with the work. I have been a member of the Club for more than 20 years and served on the General Committee and the Membership Committee, of which I am a former Chairman. (Valerie joined the Club in 1997)
Yisha Xue
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I worked in the City for 15 years, first as a commodities broker and later in commodity financing. I then started my own consultancy company, dealing in metals and later in property. I’m a Liveryman of the Glaziers Company, and received the Freedom of the City in 2019. A former trustee of the Islington Chinese Association, I am involved with the Cambridge Music Festival as a patron. I produce the successful concert evenings held at the Club by the Kettner Society, a charity which also hosts monthly lunchtime talks there, and it is my great honour to serve on the General Committee. I look forward to working together with all our members to make the NLC the best club in London. (Yisha joined the Club in 2018 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2019)
Alex Youel
Chairs Marketing & Communications Cttee
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A business consultant specialising in membership and tourism, I’m now mostly retired but still interested in aspects of heritage (nearly 30 years' experience at senior level with the National Trust), the environment (six years at the Peak District National Park), natural history and bird watching in particular. My main current contribution to the life of the Club is chairing the Marketing & Comms. Committee, and as Membership Secretary to our Business Forum, as well as sitting on the General Committee and Membership Committee. I’m a baritone with Wimbledon Choral Society and piano accompanist to the Lantern Arts Community Choir. I am church warden for St Mark's Church in Wimbledon, an occasional fly fisherman and long-term carer for a classic but troubled Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign. (Alex joined the Club in 2004 and was elected to Gen Cttee in 2019)

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