The Social Liberal Forum was set up by a number of Liberal Democrat members.
The SLF’s top team is as follows:
Council Co-Chair: Gareth Epps has been involved in the Liberal Democrats at national level for over 15 years. A member of the Federal Policy Committee, he achieved the party’s best-ever General Eelection result in Reading East (where he lives) in 2010. He has many years’ local government experience, including being group leader on a hung council.
Council Co-Chair: Naomi Smith is a qualified management accountant. She was 2010 Parliamentary candidate in the Cities of London & Westminster. Brought up in London and Northern Ireland, Naomi worked in Liberal Democrat HQ for the 2005 General Election and her subsequent career has seen her travel the world (and learn Mandarin Chinese). She is a Freeman of the City of London.
Executive Director: Mark Blackburn is a graduate of the LSE who has over 25 years worth of business experience working for small and large retail companies; including his own chain of shoe shops. He has previously stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in 2010 for Westminter North.
Director: Prateek Buch has influenced Liberal Democrat party policy on matters of political economy and public policy since 2008. As a member of the Social Liberal Forum Council and Executive, he published the SLF’s acclaimed economic platform, Plan C, and has argued for social liberal approaches to a sustainable economy by serving on two Liberal Democrat policy working groups (Inequality, and Sources of Sustainable Jobs and Prosperity). Prateek campaigns for an evidence-based approach to health policy and for free expression, and is a research scientist and science communicator at University College London.
Political Director: Martin Tod is a Liberal Democrat Councillor from Winchester, Hampshire. He was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester in 2010. Professionally, he has worked in marketing for major companies such as Procter & Gamble and Vodafone and for the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charity, Shelter.
Working to deliver the SLF’s objectives are members of the SLF Executive Team, comprising:
Elected by members in Summer 2012, Our governing council is as follows:
- Mark Blackburn
- Kelly Marie Blundell
- Prateek Buch
- Natasha Chapman
- Gareth Epps
- Helen Flynn
- David Grace
- David Hall Mathews
- Evan Harris
- Mathew Hulbert
- Linda Jack
- Paula Keaveney
- Robert Hutchison
- Gordon Lishman
- Mary Reid
- Naomi Smith
- Michael Steed
- Martin Tod
- Janice Turner
Disclaimer: Membership of the Council does not imply agreement with any or all policy statements made by Social Liberal Forum.
The SLF also has an Advisory Council.