James North

james.north@nlc.org.uk

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.

Rosemary Tweddle

Email: membership@nlc.org.uk
Tel: 020 7968 0913

I joined the National Liberal Club in 2003 and began by assisting my predecessor, Mrs Jo Somerville, before becoming the Membership Secretary in 2004.

I enjoy the mixture of administrative work and meeting with members which this role entails. It is very stimulating meeting and talking with a wide variety of people and I have particularly enjoyed getting to know many members during my time here and assisting them with their membership.

Previously, I have worked in a variety of roles in a number of London clubs, including the Savile Club, The Athenæum, Royal Commonwealth Society and The Honourable Artillery Company.

I am a member of my local church and enjoy Hebrew/Jewish studies, walking, reading, history, classical music, singing and art.

Kristina Schmidt

Email: kristina@nlc.org.uk
Tel: 020 7968 0915

Growing up in southern Germany and Turkey sparked my desire to experience new countries and cultures, so I trained in hospitality in Germany and then launched my career in the UK, working as a food and beverage supervisor at a 5-star hotel in London before moving to Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman. I spent two years there, immersing myself in the Omani culture and working as an Events executive within a multicultural team.

Moving back to England with my husband, I’ve had the great opportunity to work in unique venues and hotels in and around London, while gaining more experience in Events management. It’s a hugely varied and challenging field which, over the years, has included anything from organizing engagement picnics in a Middle Eastern desert to ELLE magazine’s Style awards and film premiere after-parties.

To me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing people enjoying themselves, everyone connecting and sharing an experience, and knowing that you put this together and made it happen!

My work has also enabled me to continue my passion for travel. Exploring new destinations like Sri Lanka, Mexico, Vietnam and Cuba… often way off the main tourist trails.

Vita Rakstyte

email: vita@nlc.org.uk
tel: 020 7968 0911

Originally from Lithuania, I moved to London in 2003 and only planned to stay here a year, but fell in love with its architecture and multicultural population, so decided to make it my permanent home.

I’ve had a passion for numbers since a young age which led to me qualifying as an accountant. I am currently studying for CIMA
(Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), which I hope will see me one day a proud owner of the prized CIMA diploma.

I have mainly worked in the media sector (beauty and fashion). My last post was as Head of Finance for a major company offering services like location scouting, art buying, casting and logistics. With offices in Los Angeles, Paris and Rome, as well as London, this gave me the chance to travel and work with some of the most well-known designer brands in the world.

My main priority at the NLC has been to streamline and automate financial processes and bring the Club’s accounts into the 21st century. My time here hasn’t been without its challenges but I love the Club’s history, architecture and values and am very proud to be part of it.

In my spare time, my interests include snowboarding and reading strange facts.