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

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

Acting Chair:

Gordon Lishman joined the Liberal Party in 1963 and was a leading member of the Young Liberals, including drafting and summing up on the community politics proposal which set the Liberal Party and then the Liberal Democrats on a new and successful course.  He was founder chair of the Association of LD councillors and edited Liberator magazine (briefly) and New Outlook. He has fought 5 General Elections, most recently in Blackburn in 2015, two European Parliament elections and was Leader of the balance-of-power Liberal group on Northamptonshire County Council. He currently serves on the Federal Party’s Executive and on the Council, Executive and Finance Committee of the English Party. He chaired the Human Rights Committee of Liberal International (the global organisation of 110 parties), founded the Africa Liberal Network and has contributed to EU liberal organisations over many years.

Gordon was Director General of Age Concern and Chief Executive of the Age Concern Group. He led the charity’s development of services for older people and then its influencing role, including enabling the 2006 cross-party pensions settlement for which he was awarded the CBE.

Executive Director:

Mark Blackburn

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 

Office Manager:

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