Wefan Gymraeg

Party elections

Would you like to help run our party?

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are a member run Party with you, our members, responsible for deciding the Party’s strategic direction and delivering key aspects of the Party’s work, as well as the day-to-day organising of the Party. The Party has a number of committees where decisions are taken. There are a number of vacancies on some of these committees and we are now inviting you to put yourselves forward for these positions that will shape and run our Party over the coming few years.

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.

Notice of Election

Applications and nominations are currently being accepted for:

  • Executive Officer for Policy Development
  • 2 ordinary member of the Board
  • 1 ordinary member of the Membership Development Committee
  • 1 ordinary member of Policy Development Committee
  • 2 ordinary members of the Finance & Resources Committee
  • 1 ordinary member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee

Any member of the Welsh Liberal Democrats can put themselves forward for a position. Candidates to be elected as the Executive Officer for Policy Development will need to be nominated by at least 30 members from at least 5 local parties, while candidates for all other positions will need to be nominated by 5 party members.

Stage 1 - Applying for a Position

Please complete this consent to nomination form to put yourself forward for a position.

We encourage everyone wishing to apply to do so as soon as possible, as nominations cannot be accepted until the consent to nomination form is completed.

Stage 2 - Nominations

Anyone wishing to nominate a candidate for a position must firstly complete this form. The information that they provide will be automatically checked against the membership database and if they are members they will be sent an email with an unique link to the nomination form, which will contain the list of everyone who has applied for the position.

Candidates may nominate themselves, and may ask other members to nominate them either through:

  • Telephoning members that they already have the telephone numbers for. Candidates must not take telephone numbers from any party database.
  • Posting on social media.
  • Sending emails, but only when the recipient has asked to receive an email.

The deadline for nominations to be submitted is 5pm on Thursday 26 November.

An election of members will take place in December if the number of nominated candidates exceeds the number of vacancies.

Roles & Responsibilities

This list includes all elected positions, not just those currently up for election.

Party Officers

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 the elected 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.

Elected Party Officers 

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.

Appointed Party Officers 

Executive Officer for Finance & Resourcesoversees the party's finance, resource's and to keep the party legally compliant. They also chair the Finance and Resources Committee that drafts the Party’s annual budget and manages the Party’s finances and other resources throughout the year.

Welsh Liberal Democrats Party Treasurer Be responsible for leading the Party’s fundraising activities.

Welsh Liberal Democrats Diversity OfficerSupport the Party, each committee and Local parties to consider and act upon the needs of diverse communities

Party Committees

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 the elected roles need the support of five Party Members. 

Elected Committee Members 

The Welsh Party Board – There are five places in total. 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 in total. 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 in total. 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 in total. 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 in total. 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 in total. The committee is responsible for organising conferences including setting the agenda.

The Constitutional Affairs Committee – There are three places in total. 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.

Appointed Committee Members 

The Welsh Representative to the Federal Conference Committee  - Sits on the Federal Conference Committee representing the Welsh Party and in Wales they sit on both the Board and Conference Committees.  

The Welsh Representative to the Federal International Relations Committee - Sits on the Federal International Relations Committee representing the Welsh Party and in Wales they sit on the Welsh Board.