Directors and staff

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.


Andrew Neal (Chair)

Andrew Neal

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. He became Vice Chair in 2013 and was appointed Chair in 2017.





Sal Brinton

Sal BrintonSal 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.



Dr Roger Clarke

Dr Roger Clarke has a lifetime’s interest in the relationship between people and the environment, social justice, and the search for sustainable patterns of living. He is currently Deputy Chair of Practical Action, an international development charity, and is clerk to the steering group for the Quakers in Britain ‘Vibrancy in Meetings’ pilot programme.

Roger, who began his career as a community volunteer in the west of Scotland, also has a wealth of other senior management and board experience.  He was CEO at the Youth Hostels Association, a Director at the Countryside Agency and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. He has served as Chair of Friends of the Earth, the Civil Society Advisory Board at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the working party which prepared the European Landscape Convention, Think Global and the Appointments Committee for the Canal and River Trust.

Roger has also been a Board member of various environmental organisations, including Natural England, English Nature, the Peak District National Park Authority, the National Forest Company, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, the Woodland Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, and the European Federation of Youth Hostel Associations as well as an Expert Panel member at the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Roger has a BA in geography from Oxford University and a PhD from McGill University, Montreal. He is married with two sons, and lives in Derbyshire. Roger is a member of Bakewell Quaker Meeting. He joined the Trust's Board in September 2018.


Amy Dalrymple

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 (Vice Chair)

Alison Goldsworthy

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 was studying at Stanford University in the USA as a Sloan Fellow. She continues to Chair the Trust's nomination committee and was made Vice Chair in 2017.




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.



Ben Lyons

Ben Lyons is an advocacy and communications specialist. He led campaigns for charities and businesses as an Associate Director at FleishmanHillard Fishburn, and was Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Media. He also worked at the Centre for American Progress. He founded and chaired Intern Aware, a campaign for fair internships, which secured a step change in policy and practice, helping to double the proportion of paid internships in the UK.

Ben was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner of the Year. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 2018 (Master of Management Science in Global Affairs, Schwarzman Scholar) and from Oxford University in 2011 (BA, History).

Ben joined the Trust's board in September 2018.



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

Lisa Smart is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Stockport Council where she also chairs the Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Overview & Scrutiny Committee. At the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, she chairs the Housing, Planning & Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Lisa is a Regional Lead Peer for the Local Government Association and holds various non-executive positions including as 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 fourteen 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 and chairs the Finance Committee.


Fionna Tod

Fionna Tod is a communications and advocacy specialist, currently working for Global Health Strategies and specializing in campaigns on global health.  She previously worked in the UK Parliament, first as a researcher and then as the Liberal Democrat adviser on Foreign Affairs, Europe, Defence and International Development. Prior to that, Fionna worked as a campaign organiser and ran as a parliamentary candidate in Mid Norfolk in the 2017 General Election. She has also worked on two US presidential elections, in 2008 and 2012.

Fionna graduated from the University of York in 2010 and has also studied at the University of California in San Diego. She grew up in Cambridge in a Quaker family and is a member of Jesus Lane Friends Meeting.

Fionna joined the Trust Board in January 2019.


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