The Group

The Liberal Democrats at the LGA operate a full and open election process with all Liberal Democrat councillors in England and Wales having a vote. Positions are normally elected ever two years with the last elections taking place in 2015 and the next ones set for 2017. 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 & Young People

Lucy Nethsingha - Cambridgeshire (Lead)
Chris Coleman - Cheltenham
Carl Cashman - Knowsley

Community Well Being

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

Culture, Tourism & Sport

Gerald Vernon-Jackson - Portsmouth (Lead)
Mike Bell - North Somerset 
Niall Hodson - Sunderland City (Sub)

Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport

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


Dave Hodgson - Bedford (lead)
Liz Green - Kingston-Upon-Thames
Cherry Beath - Bath and NE Somerset


Claire Hudson - Mendip (lead)
Adam Paynter - Cornwall
Simon Shaw - Sefton (sub)

Safer Communities

Anita Lower - Newcastle (Lead)
Jeremy Hilton - Gloucestershire and Gloucester City
Dine Romero - Bath and NE Somerset (sub) 

City Regions

Abigail Bell - Hull (lead)
Paul Crossley - Bath and NE Somerset

People and Places

Heather Kidd- Shropshire (lead)
Sarah Osbourne - Lewes  and East Sussex
Stan Collins - South Lakeland & Cumbria (Sub)


Keith Aspden - York  (Lead)
Stuart Bray - Hinckley & Bosworth & Leics (Sub) 

District Councils Network

Cllr David Neighbour (Hart)

County Councils Network

Jon Hubbard (Wiltshire)

Policy Co-ordinator and LGA Brexit working group rep

Chris White (Hertfordshire and St Albans)

FPC rep

Paul Tilsley

Further information

Find out more about the LGA Liberal Democrat Group and how to get in touch with us