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LDCRE

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 - Chris Annous

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.

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).

Disability & Homelessness - Avril Coelho

Avril Coelho

Avril Coelho is a London-based member of the LDCRE executive committee. She is a ward councillor for Hampton North ward in Twickenham, serving on committees of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Avril is a member of the Lib Dems in Business, LGBT+ Lib Dems, Liberal Democrat Women and the Campaign for Gender Balance. She is an approved prospective parliamentary candidate.

She has been a school governor with experience in secondary teaching, management and training others and is a vice-chair and trustee of her local community centre.

Having campaigned on numerous equality issues, Avril is also on the Executive Committee for the Liberal Democrat Disability Association.

Avril fundraises and campaigns for underrepresented groups and the most vulnerable in society to have equality of opportunity and wants the LDCRE to help to eradicate barriers faced by BAME people, disabled people, refugees, the homeless and all who need equality of opportunity through levelling the playing field.

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.

Cllr Rabina Khan - Executive Member

Rabina KhanCllr Rabina Khan is one of the most influential politicians in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, where she serves as a Liberal Democrat councillor, and ran a close second in her bid to be Mayor as an independent candidate. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Rochester but has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1991, she is known for her passionate support of causes such as stopping youth knife crime and building more social housing. She is currently a Special Advisor to the Liberal Democrats House of Lords.

Rabina was the first Muslim woman to hold the portfolio for Housing and Regeneration (2010 to 2015) and was central to the creation of 4500+ new homes in the borough. Under her tenure key regeneration projects won both the Sunday Times Award for most improved borough and the Planning Award for the project Whitechapel Vision. In May 2009, Rabina was part of a delegation to Bangladesh, organised by the British Government's Foreign Office as part of their Counter Terrorism strategy. In 2009, The National UAE covered Rabina's work around dispelling myths and stereotypes about the Hijab and bringing Muslim and Non-Muslim women together and in 2014, she won the Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

Rabina is a prolific writer and contributes regular topical articles in the Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post, East London Advertiser and The Asian Voice to name a few, in addition to participating in current affairs' programmes and radio shows.

She is represented by Literary Agent Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agents.

Rabina's Articles

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/rabina-khan

https://www.independent.co.uk/author/rabina-khan

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/rabina-khan/

Executive Member - Cllr Anton Georgiou

Cllr Anton GeorgiouAnton was born in the London Borough of Brent and has lived in the area for his whole life.

He has been campaigning in Brent for many years and joined the Liberal Democrats in 2013 after seeing how hard local Liberal Democrat Councillors and the then local Liberal Democrat MP worked for residents.

In 2014, Anton stood to be elected as a Councillor in Dudden Hill. He was one of the youngest Council candidates in that set of London elections and despite not being elected was able to help lead a strong campaign against Labour. In 2016 Anton was the GLA Candidate for the Brent and Harrow constituency, coming third. In 2017, Anton stood against Dawn Butler in Brent Central, one of the youngest Parliamentary candidates in the UK.

Anton is a passionate campaigner for expanding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and set up a Community Refugee Action Group in Brent in response to the ongoing refugee crisis across Europe. He also believes that the Liberal Democrats must focus on reaching out to communities and understanding the real desire on the ground for radical change that the Liberal Democrats must offer.

In January 2020, Anton won the Alperton by-election, taking the seat from Labour, by increasing the Liberal Democrat vote share by 29.5%. Alperton is one of the most diverse wards in the country. During the by-election, Anton's campaign reached out to diverse communities in the area to show them that this party speaks for them and their issues too. This is something Anton wants to help LDCRE ensure the party does on a national level.

Twitter: @anton_georgiou

Facebook: /AntonGeorgiouLibDem

Website: anton4alperton.co.uk

Executive Member - Kobe Bibbon

Kobe BibbonKobe was born and currently lives in Manchester. They got involved in politics at the age of 15 where they campaigned on the streets of Manchester for a remain vote during the 2016 EU referendum and joined the Liberal Democrats due to our record on equality.

Growing up in one of the most deprived areas of the city, Kobe saw first hand the effects of poverty, particularly within the BAME community. This led Kobe to want to fight for a more progressive and liberal society.

Kobe comes from an Irish and Jamaican background and strongly believes that representation matters- this is why they hope to become Manchester's first openly trans politician of colour.

A lead for Equalities and Diversity in the Manchester party, Kobe continues to fight for LGBT+, BAME and other marginalised group rights and getting better Diversity within our council chambers and is proud to serve on the LDCRE executive!

Executive Member - James Belchamber

James BelchamberJames is the Chair of his local party, as well as sitting on his regional Equality and Diversity Committee. He has held positions within the Federal Party and semi-regularly writes for Lib Dem Voice. He is a passionate believer in Liberalism as a force for achieving Equality in it's fullest sense and Liberty that is equitably shared - and considers the party to have failed to live up to it's Liberal principles until it can effectively represent everyone in society.

James fixes computers, teaches people how to use computers and helps people take advantage of computers for a living - and seeks to bring this knowledge and experience to the campaign.