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.
One of the newest members of the NLC Board, I am an Egyptian who moved to London nearly a decade ago. As well as being currently the youngest Board member, I serve as the Vice-Chair of the Club’s Marketing and Communications Committee.
With a Master’s degree in Charity Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, I have 17 years’ experience in Project Management, Translation, Social Media & Website Management, and Events Coordination.
As a committee member of the Oscar Wilde Society, I launched their website and social media channels and now manage these on a voluntary basis.
I was one of the very early animal rights activists in Egypt, having managed many successful regional campaigns and protests in collaboration with local and international animal rights organisations, winning several awards in the process.
My aim is to contribute my experience in marketing, while adding an element of diversity to the Board, and bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the work of promoting and improving the Club. (Nadia joined the Club in 2018 and has been a Director since 2021).
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)
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)