This year's AGM opened with talks from two speakers, Marisha Ray and Austin Rathe, and also saw the Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrat Executive for 2015 elected.
Marisha Ray -EMLD rep and former Islington Cabinet Member and councillor
Marisha was a councillor in Islington, getting elected within 18 months of joining the party. All councils and City Hall need to have people there to hold officers to account, particularly important when finances are stretched. All councils and City Halls need
to have people there to hold officers to account, particularly important when finances are stretched.
Marisha spoke about EMLD, an SAO representing ethnic minority members about their concerns in the party and encouraging ethnic minority members to stand for important roles in the party.
Austin Rathe - Head of Members and Supporters
Before becoming Head of Members and Supporters at central HQ, Austin was Deputy leader in Ashfield; and campaign co-ordinator in the West Midlands.
Austin reminded everyone that the Liberal Democrats are the only party in history to grow whilst in Government, and we've grown continuously for 18 months. We have no vested interest beyond our members, so we need to work to keep you engaged and active, as you're the key to election success.
The following people were elected to Executive Committee positions:
Honorary President: Janet Ludlow
Chair: Stephen Clarke
Treasurer: Christopher (CJ) Mitchell
Secretary: Douglas Oliver (Also our Agent)
Membership Development Officer : Elaine BagshawData Officer: Stephen O'Shea
Youth Officer: Arif Erdogan
Ordinary Members: Richard Flowers, Jonathan Fryer, Andrew Hallett, Ed Long
Federal Conference Reps
Regional Conference Reps