The Social Liberal Forum exists to promote the values of social liberalism.

The Forum is run by an executive consisting of the following volunteers:


Naomi Smith is a qualified management accountant. She was 2010 Parliamentary candidate in the Cities of London & Westminster. Brought up in London and Northern Ireland, Naomi worked in Liberal Democrat HQ for the 2005 General Election and her subsequent career has seen her travel the world (and learn Mandarin Chinese). She is a Freeman of the City of London.

Executive Director

Mark Blackburn is a graduate of the LSE who has over 25 years worth of business experience working for small and large retail companies; including his own chain of shoe shops. He has previously stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in 2010 for Westminter North.

Political Director

Martin Tod is a Liberal Democrat Councillor from Winchester, Hampshire. He was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester in 2010. Professionally, he has worked in marketing for major companies such as Procter & Gamble and Vodafone and for the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charity, Shelter.

Head of Events

Mary Reid

Head of Media

Sarah Green

Head of Membership

Joshua Dixon

Head of Internal Communications

Stephen Richmond

Head of Policy

James Sandbach

Head of Conferences

Virginia Morck

In addition the Forum elects members to its governing council every two years.  The current membership of the council consists of:

  • Mark Blackburn
  • Kelly-Marie Blundell
  • Gareth Epps
  • Helen Flynn
  • Neil Hughes
  • Matthew Hulbert
  • Paula Keaveney
  • Gordon Lishman
  • Rabi Martins
  • Geoff Payne
  • Mary Reid
  • Geoffrey Payne
  • Naomi Smith
  • Janice Turner
  • Martin Tod