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Meet the Committee

Chairman - Roderick Lynch

Roderick LynchRoderick was born in London to parents who emigrated from St Lucia as part of the Windrush generation. He has been an active member of the Southwark and National Liberal Democrats since 2005 with a specific interest in expanding its BAME membership and equality. He joined the party via Sir Simon Hughes.

He spent many years running his own business and has also been a Non Executive Board Director of the Association of Education and Learning Providers, with specific responsibility for colleges and educational establishments with fewer than 5,000 learners. He also sat on various Transport for London Committees including the Private Hire and Taxi Licencing Panel and actively affected government policy on disabled transport along with planning and operating transport at London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. During the 2015 National Election Campaign, he supported the Operation Black Vote/Electoral Commission in their campaign to register 1 million BAME voters to register to vote.

Roderick was named for three successive years, 2009/10 - 2011/12 in Power List which names the 100 most influential black people in the UK. The numerous business achievements and awards that he has won include being a semi finalist in the Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 and being a finalist in the Bank of Scotland/Sunday Times Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.

Roderick also sits on the Federal Party Audit and Scrutiny Committee and is an executive member of the London Region Lib Democrats.

Vice-chair - Dr Mohsin Khan

Dr Mohsin Khan

Mohsin is a forensic psychiatrist and NHS doctor working in London. He has previously worked in Oxford and Buckinghamshire, and has experience in the Department of Health, the House of Commons, and at a major health think tank. As a psychiatrist, he has a strong belief in the NHS as a public service, and the rights for all to have access to quality healthcare.

He has appeared in national TV and press, and continues to appear in news media commentating on health matters. He helped co-found a non-partisan health campaign group, working constructively with parliamentarians and think tanks across parties as its Chief Policy Officer. Mohsin also serves as a school governor. He also has experience in campaigning, having successfully worked with London Lib Dems to ensure robust enforcement of public health measures, and worked closely with junior doctors during their contractual dispute.

Within the Lib Dems, Mohsin is a local party Vice-Chair, a Chair of a Regional Policy Committee, and has sat on English Council for many years. Currently Mohsin serves on the Race Equality and Power to the People federal policy working groups, and has previously served on a number of other policy groups. He has considerable experience in creating or helping with policy motions, including on BAME issues ranging from health to justice.

in his spare time, Mohsin enjoys travelling abroad, exploring new cuisine, and going to new plays.

Secretary - Nadya Phoenix

Nadya PhoenixNadya is of Arab descent and grew up within the Lebanese community in Sydney before moving to the UK. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Nadya is a Human Resources Business Partner and has worked in central government and the education and charity sectors. As a result of a research project that focused on the lack of BAME leaders in British organisations, she championed and introduced name-blind CVs in order to reduce unconscious bias in search and selection. Nadya has developed and delivered equality and diversity training, led on gender pay gap reporting and authored employee policies that have included; transgender, grievance, whistleblowing, bullying and harassment and modern slavery.

Additionally, Nadya was an equality officer for a public sector trade union, representing members experiencing harassment and discrimination.

Nadya is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is the equality and diversity champion for the Lewisham Liberal Democrats and stood in the ward of Blackheath in the 2018 Local Elections.

Membership - Merlene Emerson MBE

Merlene Emerson MBEMerlene has a legal background and was a former City solicitor, working on cross border finance and international joint ventures. She retrained as a commercial mediator and has been engaged in pro bono community mediation.

She joined the party in 2004, stood for election to the London Assembly (2008, 2012 and 2016), was PPC in Hammersmith in 2010 and is standing in the 2018 local elections for Barnes, Richmond Council.

Merlene was the co-founder of the Chinese Liberal Democrats (2006), Chinese Welfare Trust (2008) and is the Chair of Lien Viet Housing Association (since 2014). She has been a member of EMLD since 2006, served on the Race Equality Task Force (2012-2013) is currently Chair of the Race Equality Policy Working Group (2018).

Treasurer - Michael Bukola

Michael BukolaMichael is a Chartered Tax Advisor and has advised on tax matters across the Member States of the EU. A former ward councillor (2010 - 2014) and Diversity Champion for London Region (2011-13). Previously, a Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford (2015), and Camberwell & Peckham (2017) and London Assembly Constituency Candidate (2016).

A former Executive Member of the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats (2003-2005) (2008/09) (2013/14) and Convenor for the Lib Dem Forum for Africa (2011/12).

A Party member since 2003 following the military invasion of Iraq. Michael is currently a Member of the Party's Immigration, Refugee and Identity Policy Working Group (2017/18).

Education - Afzal Sayed Munna

Afzal Sayed MunnaAfzal Sayed Munna is a Doctoral Researcher (Education) at the University of Bath. Afzal also serves as an education oversight consultant and an entrepreneur by profession.

Afzal is Bangladeshi born and lives in East London. Afzal has wide-ranging experience, working as a media and business consultant in various organizations in the UK and abroad for over 15 years.

Afzal started teaching Business Management as a qualified teacher in 2010 and has been teaching in different private colleges in London. He's currently working as a Module Leader at Northampton University associated college.

Afzal is committed to serving the community to build social awareness through education and other benevolent activities. His dedication and professionalism means he always gives top priority to such activities.

As an education impresario, Azfal fosters not only the education of individual students, but he is also associated with sponsoring various programmes, as well as organising education related training programmes, workshops, seminars, opinion polls, and public relation campaigns.

Afzal is an Executive Member of Newham, Barking and Dagenham Liberal Democrats and also a representative for Barking and Dagenham within the National Education Union. Being a political and education campaigner, Afzal organises and actively takes part in various political and educational movements in his borough and also neighbouring boroughs.

Afzal makes a vital participation to local campaigning and has managed to create a media platform for himself, and also for the local party at Tower Hamlets. He is passioniate about the success of Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats.

Afzal is committed to helping local businesses and schools as well as assisting in community development activities.

Policy, Process, Strategy - Janice Turner

Janice TurnerJanice Turner FRSA has been a party member since the seventies and has served on many committees and working groups during this time. In the eighties she was national chair of the Young Liberals and in the nineties chair of the Association of Liberal Democrat Trades Unionists. A journalist since the early 80s, Janice has been Editor of the trade union journal of the media and entertainment union BECTU since 1989 and since 2000 has been the union's diversity officer.

A lifelong campaigner for race equality, Janice played a substantial role in the preparation of the Lib Dem Task Force Report on Race Equality and drafted the party's policy on race equality adopted at the autumn 2013 Federal conference. She was also the main organiser of the joint SLF/EMLD race conference in 2013.She is a member of the Social Liberal Forum and the National Liberal Club.

Social Media - Roland Lewis

Roland LewisI am a very attentive individual who pays a great deal of attention to social media, its influence and the way technology is shaping both the present and the future. Political ideas can be spread and supported so quickly via the appropriate social media channels.

I have a high level of IT skills and I think that adapting with today's technology is a step in the right direction. I am a person who appreciates positive change and other actions that are for the best and benefit the community.

Before becoming a member of the Liberal Democrat's,I was a supporter. I attended a number of conferences and committee meetings listening to the the plans and motives that the liberals put forward to ensure a brighter future.

Following these experiences, I joined the Lib Dems because of my passion to see a change in equality and candour.

Furthermore, I am interested in the mission that LDCRE has embarked on and belive that it is astonishing, the right way to go and long overdue!

I am also in favour of the newly appointed leaders and members because of the drive that they possess and believe that they are about to steer this movement in a like-minded and steady direction which is very much what is needed in this party.

I am encouraged by this new direction and would like to use my skills and strengths to be involved in and support the momentum within LDCRE.

Chris Annous - Blogging & Young People

Chris AnnousChris is in his second year studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at the University of Oxford. He joined the Liberal Democrats in January 2017 and has since been campaigning for both his local party Greenwich, where he was born and raised, and the Oxford University Liberal Democrats.

Born in Greenwich, London to a father who emigrated to Britain from Ghana soon after it obtained independence, Chris has both Ghanaian and Arab heritage. This drives his ambition and desire to help increase the diversity of the party so that it can continue to effectively represent modern Britain.

Chris has used social media in the past to promote and generate awareness for the events he has run and is soon to launch his own political comment site. This, combined with the fact that at 19 years old he has grown up with social media around him, means that he will be able to help the campaign with the content across all of its social media platforms and specifically, help it reach out to demographics who rarely engage with traditional political media content.