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)

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).

Alex Youel

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)

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)

Valerie Williams

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)

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)

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 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)

Angela Style

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)

Val Stansfield

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)

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)