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LDCRE

Ambassadors

President - Baroness Meral Hussein Ece OBE

Baroness Meral Hussein Ece OBEBaroness Meral Hussein Ece OBE, is a member of the House of Lords. She is the first woman of Turkish Cypriot origin to be a member of either house of Parliament after she was appointed a Liberal Democrat working peer on 28 May 2010.

Meral served as councillor for 16 years in the London Boroughs of Hackney and Islington, and was a Commissioner for the Equality & Human Rights Commission.

She was a previous Chair of the Ethnic Minority Lib Dems, and is the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Equalities.

Vice-president - Kishan Devani

Kishan DevaniKishan Devani is a Politician, Speaker, and International Business Consultant. He has fulfilled a variety of roles, including being the Director of a Specialist SEN School, The Woodfield School, in London. He has also fulfilled the role Deputy Chairman (Membership and Finance) of the London Conservative Party. As part of this role, he sat on the National Association Finance Board of the Conservative Party. In addition to this, he was the Chairman of Conservative Way Forward's Treasurers Committee.

He stood for Parliament in 2015 for the Constituency of Leicester East and has previously stood for local Council elections in 2014. As well as this, he was a candidate for the Greater London Assembly for the elections in 2016.

Kishan has also been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has fulfilled consultancy roles within various sectors, from Governance, to Finance, to Education. He was recently honoured with the Freedom of the City of London - making him one of the youngest BAME Freemen of City of London.

Kishan left the Conservative Party last year, as a result of their woeful handling of Brexit and their recent 'lurch to the right', and joined the Liberal Democrat Party. Soon after joining, he was appointed to be a Treasurer's Envoy for the Party by Lord Michael German the Party's Treasurer. He was also appointed to the Racial Equality Working Group of the Party.

Vice-president - Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamaraKevin is an elected Member of the Council of Governors of the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Vice-President of both the Young Liberals and of LDCRE, Vice-Chair of Basildon and Thurrock Liberal Democrats, Secretary of the Essex Liberal Democrats County Co-ordinating Committee, and Country Co-ordinator for ALDE Individual Members in the UK.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Editor of ALDE Individual Members blog Liberal Words and Co-Founder and Treasurer of Liberal Democrat Expand.

Kevin contested Thurrock, where he lives, in 2017, achieving an increase in the share of the vote in a three-way UKIP-Labour-Conservative marginal, against the national backdrop. In 2016, he contested Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner, achieving 9.3% from a standing start, again defying the national picture.

During his time in politics, Kevin has started and been a part of a number of grassroots campaigns with success. In 2009, Kevin was part of a city-wide non-partisan campaign to stop cuts to local services, asking residents to sign a petition to oppose the cuts.

In 2012, he successfully campaigned as part of a small grassroots team to get students to overwhelmingly back a rethink against using the University's southern slopes for development, instead proposing new siting options. This led to a rethink and gave the wider Saver Chaucer Fields movement space and time to continue campaigning.

Following the appointment of the first Police and Crime Commissioners, in 2013, Kevin worked on bringing together groups of Councillors, PCSOs, Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes, as well as activist groups to start a dialogue on hate crime in Kent, and to discuss how the Police felt they could counteract this.