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Meet the Committee

Chair - Dr. Mohsin Khan

Dr Mohsin Khan

"Mohsin works in forensic psychiatry as an 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 doctor, 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 sits on the Federal Policy Committee, is a Chair of a Regional Policy Committee, and has sat on English Council for many years. He has served on a number of national 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."

Vice-Chair Roderick Lynch

Roderick Lynch

Roderick 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 expa

nding 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.

Secretary - Nadya Fadh-Phoenix

Nadya

Nadya is of MENA descent and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Nadya is a Diversity and Inclusion Partner, and has 10 years' experience of working in HR and D&I in central government and the education and charity sectors. In those roles, Nadya has developed and delivered various equality and diversity training and awareness sessions, led on gender pay and ethnicity pay gap reporting and authored employee policies that have included; transgender equality, grievance, whistleblowing, bullying and harassment and modern slavery. Nadya is passionate about addressing the lack of BAME representation at the top of British organisations and so focused a research project on the subject.

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.

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).

Vice-Chair 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.

Membership Secretary - James Belchamber

James BelchamberJames holds, and has held, various positions within the party and has been a semi-regular contributor to 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.


Communications Officer - Chris Annous

Chris Annous ()

Chris is currently working on the 2021 London Elections Campaign, assisting in the Digital Communications and Fundraising of the campaign. In addition to this, Chris is Candidate for the Greenwich and Lewisham constituency in the London Assembly Elections. Born in Greenwich, 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. He believes that the party must incorporate a liberalism which actively tackles racism if it is to be relevant in the 21st Century.

Executive Member - Cllr. Rabina Khan

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 - Vikas Aggarwal

Vikas Aggarwal ()

Vikas was born in Kent, but spent all of his time in London besides a few years in Nottingham, Bristol, and a year in the British Embassy in Iran. He worked for 12 years in the civil service across foreign, defence, business and trade policy. He now works just off Trafalgar Square helping developing and advancing economies with socio-economic issues like financial literacy and inclusion. He is part of the Westminster and City of London executive committee.

Diversity and equality is a big issue for him, having worked in institutions like the the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office which have struggled with this, but he had never really been part of any groups until this year. The protests in the summer last year made Vikas think that he couldn't just sit around and hope things will change, because they won't, and so he joined his work's new diversity and inclusion committee.

Fighting for race equality is in Vikas's blood. His parents were founding members of the Medway Racial Equality Committee, which, if you've ever been to Medway in Kent, you'll know is necessary. Because of that, but also because of his personal experiences, he's keen to ensure the UK does more to improve, and remove some of the institutional blockades to meaningful equality.

Executive Member - Cllr. Jermaine Atiya-Alla

Jermaine is a Councillor in Devon.

Policy Officer - Vacant

"The Policy Officer has responsibility for assisting the co-ordination of the organisation's attempts to shape party policy at all levels in the interests of its members and the groups the organisation serves." If you're interested in filling this role, please email info@ldcre.org.uk

Campaigns Officer - Vacant

"The Campaigns Officer is responsible for assisting the co-ordination of campaigns to achieve the organisation's aims and the co-ordination of the organisation's involvements in political election campaigns." If you're interested in filling this role, please email info@ldcre.org.uk