The Group

The Liberal Democrats at the LGA operate a full and open election process with all Liberal Democrat councillors in England and Wales whose councils are LGA members having a vote. Positions are normally elected ever two years with the last elections taking place in 2019 and the next ones set for 2021. The group is made up of the officers and all the members that have been elected to represent Lib Dem councillors in the range of policy areas that the LGA works on.

Officers of the Group


Howard Sykes Oldham

Deputy Leader

Ruth Dombey Sutton


Heather Kidd Shropshire


Alan Connett Teignbridge and Devon CC

Children and Young People

Lucy Nethsinga - Colchester (Lead)
Mark Cory - Colchester
Nick Cott - Newcastle (Sub)

Community Wellbeing

Richard Kemp - Liverpool (Lead)
Doreen Huddart - Newcastle
Cllr Rob Rotchell - Cornwall (Sub)

Culture, Tourism and Sport

Gerald Vernon-Jackson - Portsmouth (Lead)
Chris White – St Albans and Hertfordshire 
Chris Hogg - Cumbria (Sub)

Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport

Adele Morris - Southwark (Lead)
Peter Thornton - South Lakeland & Cumbria
Stuart Golton - Leeds City (Sub)


Liz Green - Kingston-Upon-Thames (lead)
Dave Hodgson - Bedford
Caroline Leaver – North Devon (Sub)


Keith House – Eastleigh and Hampshire (lead)
Adam Paynter – Cornwall                
Mike Bell – North Somerset (Sub)

Safer Communities

Bridget Smith – South Cambridgeshire (Lead)
Jeremy Hilton - Gloucestershire and Gloucester City
Jon Ball - Ealing (Sub) 

City Regions

Anita Lower - Newcastle (Lead)
Gareth Roberts – Richmond 

People and Places

Heather Kidd- Shropshire (lead)
Sarah Osbourne - East Sussex
Stan Collins - South Lakeland and Cumbria
Alan Knox - South Ribble Borough Council (Sub)


Keith Aspden - York  (Lead)
Carolyn Lambert – East Sussex          
Roger Price – Hampshire (Sub)  

District Councils Network

Bridget Smith - South Cambridgeshire

County Councils Network

Jerry Roodhouse (Warwickshire)

Policy Co-ordinator and LGA Brexit working group rep

Chris White - Hertfordshire and St Albans

Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee rep

To be confirmed

FPC rep

Cllr Peter Thornton (Cumbria)