Trevor Peel

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)

Inderjeet Singh Nijhar

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)

Gordon Lishman CBE FRSA

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).

Yisha Xue

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)

His Hon Charles Welchman

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)

Rahul Sinha

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)

Robert Orchard

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)

Dr Elizabeth Negus FCCT FRSA

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)

Emma Moore

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 Michael C. McDonagh

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)