Would you like to run our party?
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are a member run Party with you, our members, responsible deciding the Party’s strategic direction, delivering key aspects of the Party’s work as well as the day-to-day organising of the Party. We have recently adopted a new governance structure and are now inviting you to put yourselves forward for the positions that will shape and run our Party over the coming few years.
Whether you are interested in being the Welsh Party President, an Executive Officer or an ordinary committee member this is your opportunity to influence the Party’s priorities or contribute your skills and experiences. If you think you can make a difference to the party, show great leadership, decision making and relationship building skills, as well as commitment to delivering change, please do apply.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats thrive with diversity and we are looking for applications from all backgrounds and from all parts of Wales for these positions. If you think you have something to give to the Party, check out the role descriptions and how to apply below. All positions in the Party are elected by single transferable vote.
The timetable for the elections is as follows:
- Close of nominations – 17:00 on Sunday 27 October 2019
- Ballot opens – Friday 8 November 2019
- Ballot closes – 17:00 on Sunday 1 December 2019
- Count and announcement of the results – Monday 2 December 2019
The positions up for election are:
Party Officers are responsible for leading the political and other work of the party and, along with others, are members of the Welsh Party Board and other committees. The Board and committees meet a minimum of 6 times a year, both in person and virtually, and Officers are expected to attend all committee meetings, Party conferences as well as carry out work on an on-going basis. Applicants for these Party Officer roles need the support of thirty Party members drawn from at least five Local Parties. Click on each role for a full explanation of responsibilities.
The President – the principal public representative of Party Members. The President chairs and leads the work of the Welsh Party Board, which is responsible for the strategic overview and direction of the Party. They also become a Welsh Liberal Democrat representative on the Federal Board.
The Deputy President – assists the President in being a public representative of Party Members and chairs the Constitutional Affairs Committee. The Deputy President presides during formal parts of the Conference and is a member of the Board.
The Executive Officer for Campaigns and Communications – chairs and leads the work of the Campaigns and Communications Committee, which is responsible for the Party’s campaigning activities, selecting candidates and communicating the Party’s messages. They are also a member of the Board.
The Executive Officer for Policy Development – chairs and leads the work of the Policy Development Committee, which develops the Party’s policies on all matters devolved to the National Assembly for Wales. They are also a member of the Board.
The Executive Officer for Membership Development – chairs and leads the work of the Membership Development Committee, which has responsibility for internal communications, upskilling members and increasing opportunities for members to engage with the Party. They are also a member of the Board.
If you’re not quite ready to jump in as a Party Officer, serving as a member of a committee is a great way to contribute your skills to benefit the work of the Party. Committees normally meet 6-8 times a year at venues across Wales, with the ability to contribute virtually for those who can’t attend in person. Applicants for these roles need the support of five Party Members. The committees which we directly elect member to are:
The Welsh Party Board – There are five places available. The Board is responsible for the Party’s strategic direction and having an overview of all the Party’s activities.
The Campaigns and Communications Committee – There are five places available. The committee is responsible for the Party’s campaigning activities and communicating the Party’s messages, including the Party’s presence at events of national importance and selecting candidates.
The Policy Development Committee – There are five places available. The committee develops the Party’s policies on all matters devolved to the National Assembly for Wales and prepares the Party’s election manifestos.
The Membership Development Committee – There are five places available. The committee is responsible for increasing opportunities for members to engage with the Party, upskilling members and internal communications.
The Finance and Resources Committee – There are three places available. The committee drafts the Party’s annual budget and manages the Party’s finances and other resources throughout the year.
The Conference Committee – There are four places available. The committee is responsible for organising conferences including setting the agenda.
The Constitutional Affairs Committee – There are three places available. The committee is responsible for reviewing, proposing changes to and maintaining the Party’s constitution, including the governance structure.
The Welsh Representative to the Federal Board - It is important that the Welsh Party maintains good, regular contact with the Federal Party through a representative on the Federal Board. The Federal Board's primary role is to provide a strategic direction for the Party, using the Leader's strategy as a base and scrutinising this where required. The Federal Board meets 6-8 times a year, in Westminster, normally on a weekday evening. Travel and accommodation expenses can be claimed.
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