James North

I am honoured by this chance to lead the dedicated team of staff who manage our historic building and provide services for our membership, now approaching 2,000. I join the Club after senior posts with Santander UK, helping to shape the bank’s international business offer and, most recently, with C|T Group, an international consultancy specialising in business intelligence and corporate research.

Most of my career, though, has been at the City of London Corporation, managing the Lord Mayor’s programme for nearly a decade till 2017 and latterly as the City’s ceremonial Swordbearer, helping to plan major royal and civic events at St Paul’s Cathedral, Guildhall and the Mansion House. Before that, I served as chief of staff at Birmingham City Council during the coalition leadership of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Originally from Blackpool, I read History at the University of St Andrews before moving to London and becoming involved in ‘Clubland’ for more than a decade, as a member of several and Chair of the Lansdowne Club from 2017-19.

The founding Chair of the City of London Corporation’s LGBTQ network, City Pride, in 2016-17, I have also chaired a small London-based orchestra and choir, am a keen skier in winter, and a bad golfer in summer.

Charles Gillett

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)

Dr Seth Thévoz FRHistS

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 open Democracy, 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)

Genevieve Arblaster-Hulley

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)

Tim McNally

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)

Karin Rehacek

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)

Phil Reeves

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)