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.
Amy Dalrymple is based in Edinburgh. She is Head of Policy for Alzheimer Scotland, where she leads on a wide range of public policy development and engagement. Amy's professional background is in public policy, public affairs and project management across the public, private and third sectors, working across a range of fields including economic development, health and equalities as well as democratic reform.
Amy has a longstanding association with democratic reform campaigning. She first got really engaged when she became the Coordinator for the JRRT backed 'Fairshare' campaign in 2001, which by 2003 was successful in building a coalition of support to change the voting system for Scottish local government elections to the Single Transferable Vote. She continued to be involved in the democratic reform movement first as a Council member, and then by establishing and leading the Scotland office of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
During this time she also served as a Council member for Unlock Democracy, and began serving as a board member of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) in 2009, a leading, independent, membership-based, cross-party and none-party think tank. She has been vice-chair of CSPP since 2014. Amy also serves on the board of local nutrition and health charity, Edinburgh Community Food.
Alison Goldsworthy has a strong background in communications and campaigning. For three years she was 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.
From July 2016 - June 2017 Alison is studying at Stanford University in the USA as a Sloan Fellow. She continues to Chair the Trust's nomination committee and serve as an active member of the board.
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.
Dr Julian Huppert
Julian Huppert is a scientist and a politician. He was the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge between 2010-2015, serving among other things on the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He was the Lib Dem spokesman on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities. He trained as a scientist, working on unusual structures of DNA, and currently holds a University Lectureship at the University of Cambridge, where he works on science and technology policy and how to do policy making properly. He is also a Lay Member and Audit Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and is a former member of Liberty's National Council. In 2013 he was made the ISPA 'Internet Hero of the Year' for his work defeating the Communications Data Bill.
Julian joined the Trust's board in June 2016.
Professor Sue Mendus
Sue Mendus is Morrell Professor Emerita in Political Philosophy at the University of York. She has published extensively on theories of liberalism, on the concept of toleration, and on the relationship between morality and politics. She is a Trustee of the C & J B Morrell Trust, and a former Director of the Morrell Centre for Toleration at the University of York.
In 2012 she gave evidence, as an expert witness, to the Leveson Inquiry, and she is currently a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sue joined the Trust's Board in June 2016.
Lisa Smart is a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Stockport Council where she is the Shadow Executive Member for Reform and Governance. She also represents Stockport on the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.
Lisa is a Director of Stockport Credit Union where she chairs the Nominations Committee, a trustee of the Stockport Canal Boat Trust for Disabled People and a trustee for La Vida, an international development charity. She has been a school governor for over twelve years.
Previously, Lisa was Chief Executive of a charitable trust and held senior executive positions with several grant-making charities. She spent the first twelve years of her career in international investment management working with some of the world's largest pension funds, charities and foundations.
Lisa graduated from the University of Durham with a maths degree and has an Executive MBA from London Business School.
She joined the Trust's board in June 2016.
The Trust office, based in York, is staffed by:
Fiona Weir (Chief Executive)
Gael Bayliss (Administrative Officer)
Alex Davies (Grants & Projects Advice)