Individual directors are free to exempt themselves from discussion and/or decision on specific issues. Trust support for a particular organisation, campaign or issue does not imply that every director shares that commitment.
Nick Harvey (Chair)
Sir Nick Harvey was the Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon from 1992 to 2015, having previously worked in financial and corporate communications with City agency, Dewe Rogerson. In Parliament, Nick was the principal Lib Dem spokesman on Transport; Trade & Industry; Health; Culture, Media & Sport and Defence. He served as Minister of State for Defence in the first half of the coalition government (2010-2012). He also served as chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Campaigns and Candidates committees and on the Commission which manages the House of Commons.
Nick has been a governor of Queen’s College, the Methodist school in Taunton, since 1996 and also served as a trustee director of the think tank, Centre Forum, from its formation in 1998 until he entered the government. He is an associate with Global Partners, an organisation which delivers programmes to develop parliamentary, governmental, judicial and civil institutions in countries recovering from the effects of conflict. He joined the Trust’s board in March 2014 and became Chair in July 2015.
Andrew Neal (Vice Chair)
Andrew Neal was born in Hastings and graduated from the University of York with a Masters degree in political philosophy. He went on to train as an accountant and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Between 1987 and 2003, he worked for Unilever in the UK and the Netherlands in a variety of finance and management roles. He then worked for Lancaster University between 2003 and 2012, first as Director of Finance and Resources and then as Chief Operating Officer and is currently an independent consultant. Andrew was appointed as a Director of the Trust in October 2008 and chairs the Trust's Finance Committee. He became Vice Chair in 2013.
Sal Brinton (Baroness Brinton) is a working Liberal Democrat Peer in the House of Lords, with a special interest in education, skills & learning. Sal was the Director of the Association of the Universities in the East of England until she went into the Lords in 2011. In 1997 she won the East Anglian Businesswoman of the Year award for her work as Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge, and she was later Bursar of Selwyn College Cambridge from 1997 to 2002. Sal was a founding member of the Board of the East of England Development Agency to Dec 2004, and Chair of the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council from 1999 to 2005.
Sal joined the Liberal Party in 1975. She was the Liberal Democrat party’s parliamentary candidate for the marginal seat of Watford in 2010 and 2005, and for South East Cambridgeshire in 2001 and 1997. She also served as a county councillor in Cambridgeshire between 1993 and 2004, first as the Education Portfolio holder, then as the Leader of the Opposition. Sal joined the Trust’s Board in July 2013.
Mandy Cormack's career and interests span national and international public and corporate affairs. Mandy studied International Relations at the London School of Economics during which time she was the founder chair of the Liberal Party's campaign for electoral reform. After studying Business Administration at Harvard, Mandy combined working on corporate communications, research and venture capital projects with building the Liberal Democrats regional media network in the run up to the 1992 General Election.
Mandy joined Unilever in 1996, where she was responsible for leading the review of the company's approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and for developing the company's corporate outreach projects with Oxfam and UNICEF. Since 2005, Mandy has been an independent advisor on international CSR practice guiding companies on the implemention of corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies.
Alison Goldsworthy has a strong background in communications and campaigning. She is Head of Supporter Strategy and Engagement at the consumer champion's Which? Previously she has worked as a political consultant, co-owning an agency, and worked for a number of charities. In these roles she oversaw many successful campaigns including the one to introduce an opt out organ donation system in Wales. Prior to her work in the voluntary sector Alison previously worked in both the Welsh Assembly and the Houses of Parliament.
A graduate from the University of Bath, Alison has also studied in the United States and Czech Republic.
Dr Christopher Greenfield
Chair of the Trust from 2010 to 2013, Christopher also served as Vice-Chair 2006-2010 and is a former member of the Trust staff. He worked in Parliament, and has stood for Parliament on four occasions in the Liberal interest, most recently in 2001. He is a qualified teacher, but served for four years as Quaker Middle East Secretary in the 1980s. He then became Headmaster of a Quaker school in North Somerset for eleven years before taking up the position of Principal of an International College in Dorset, from which he recently retired. He has served as an elected member of four local authorities, and Chairman of the national Boarding Schools Association (of 500 Boarding schools) for 2009/10.
The Trust office, based in York, is staffed by:
Tina Walker (Trust Secretary)
Gael Bayliss (Administrative Officer)
Alex Davies (Grants & Projects Advice)