Although policy and major society issues are decided at general meetings, the day-to-day affairs of CSLD are governed by an executive committee. The committee meets weekly to organise upcoming events and campaigns, and also has a termly meeting with members of Cambridge Liberal Democrats to communicate to them the views of Cambridge students. Each member of the committee also delivers a report at general meetings. Members are elected at general meetings, or are co-opted by current members should vacancies come up. The current executive is as follows:
Chair – Anthony Martinelli, Gonville and Caius
The chair sets the agenda for and chairs the weekly executive meetings. He is also responsible for organising the society’s calendar, and represents the party to the students of Cambridge. He can often be found debating with the leaders of the other student political parties of Cambridge.
Junior Treasurer - Ieva Lismane, Murray Edwards
I am a finalist, reading Politics, Psychology and Sociology, at Murray Edwards College. As an immigrant and asylum seeker I was fortunate enough to end up in Britain, where I was (and still am) encouraged to flourish. Naturally, I want to give back to society and provide for others the opportunities that have come my way. Joining the Liberal Democrats, a party which, in my mind, aims to address inequalities in our society, whilst celebrating internationalism, civil liberties and empowering local people, seemed the logical conclusion. My current role is Junior Treasurer (and ex-offico Chair). My duties include authorising spending and expenses claims as well as submitting annual accounts to University authorities.
Secretary – Matt Tyler, Clare
The secretary takes minutes at general meetings and meetings of the executive. He also controls and updates the membership database.
Campaigns Director – Andrew Martin, Queens’
As a man who is passionate about changing the world, running the campaigns for CSLD is a dream come true for me. This year, I want to get something done about the appalling mental health provisions within the University and deliver as many focuses as possible to students at all colleges. Despite being a social, rather than classical, liberal, I am one of the few people who first joined the Party after 2010′s Coalition Agreement and, as a CUSU LGBT rep, I am particularly excited about Equal Marriage. I also have a soft spot for Liberal Youth’s recent “Bears for Belarus” campaign.
Press and Publicity Officer – Rory Ellwood, Christ’s
The Malcolm Tucker of CSLD, I work to ensure that the Lib Dem message is broadcasted loudly and clearly throughout the streets of our city. As such, when I’m not preparing our legendary weekly bulletin, you can find me using my aggressive Northern accent to threaten hacks from Varsity, TCS, and The Tab. A member of the more Libertarian end of the Party, I am a fan of both social and economic freedom, leading to frequent conflict with Fabians, such as Ieva. In my free time, I enjoy Twitter to a dangerous extent.
Events Officer – Sophia Michael, Trinity
A long-time Lib Dem, I am in charge of all the socials and speaker events for the society, a role which I feel means that I am both the most fun and most influential member of the exec. I do, however, have a more serious side: my main reason for being a Lib Dem activist is that I am wholly opposed to Trident and nuclear proliferation – I am very pleased that we have ensured that there will be no like-for-like replacement of the missiles within this Parliament. When I’m not being political, you will almost certainly find me at the Boathouse of the First & Third Trinity Boat Club. In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.
Membership Development Officer – George Morris
I became involved with my local Liberal Democrats in 2009 and joined the Party shortly before the election in 2010. The quote from the preamble to the Party’s Constitution printed on the back of my membership card is a good reminder of why I became, and why I remain, a Liberal Democrat. Here in Cambridge, I’m CSLD’s Membership Development Officer, a position I have also held in my home constituency of Tatton. My job is to work to expand our membership and make sure that we have a strong team of volunteers to help with the campaigning we do locally.
Alumni Officer - Dom Weldon, Sidney Sussex
As Alumni Officer (and another ex-officio Chair), I am working to develop links between the CSLD of 2012 and the hundreds of former members of the society and our predecessor societies who are scattered across the world – if you are such a member, don’t hesitate to get in contact either with me or the Keynes Society, which caters for all the liberal-minded students of the University who have now graduated. A Lib Dem by temperament, by instinct and by upbringing, I spend most of my time these days making CUSU really useful.
Digital Media Officer – Fergus Blair, Gonville and Caius
I’m a second year philosopher at Gonville and Caius, and have been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2009, largely because of their commitment to politcal reform and the healthy attitude of debate within the party. Before coming to Cambridge, I spent much of my holidays volunteering for my local party in Lewes. As Digital Media Officer, I am in charge of maintaining the society’s online presence, while also having responsibility for photography at society events and the design of publicity materials.
General Executive Member – Justin Kempley, Homerton
I’m Justin and I’m a third year PPS student at Homerton College. As a GEM I attend weekly executive meetings, and support other officers with their work running the society and organising events each term. I also held the role of Campaigns Director last year, and currently sit on the Student Group at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the Politics Faculty in Cambridge. Aside from campaigning with CSLD I enjoy film, tennis, travel and playing poker. I’ve always described myself as a liberal, and joined CSLD in 2011 because of the party’s strong support for human rights and protections for civil liberties in the UK. CSLD in particular have done some great work on this in the past year, including debates and discussions on the future of the Human Rights Act.
General Executive Member - Sophie Harrison, Murray Edwards
Previously an extremely powerful member of the exec, I have decided that this year, as a finalist, I will be concentrating wholeheartedly on my studies and will, therefore, only be staying on the committee in an advisory capacity. As a GEM, I am willing to help out with whatever’s going on, without having a specific role myself. I like the Lib Dems because of their strong stance on electoral reform, both of the Commons and the Lords – reform which the two old parties have blocked for decades. In my free time, you’ll probably find me in the library!
General Executive Member – Sam Nipps
Senior Treasurer – Dr Eugenio F Biagini, Sidney Sussex
The senior treasurer is a senior member of the University of Cambridge who ensures the society’s compliance with various laws and university ordinances. He also hears appeals against the suspension or expulsion of members and arbitrates in the event of a disputed election.
In addition to these roles, the three most recent former chairs continue to serve as Former Chairs (Ex-Officio). These are: Ieva Lismane, Murray Edwards (Easter ’11 to Lent ’12), Dom Weldon, Sidney Sussex (Easter ’09 to Lent ’10), and Hannah Keal, Murray Edwards (Easter ’10 to Michaelmas ’11).
CSLD also selects, at the recommendation of the executive, distinguished members of the Liberal Democrats to serve as honorary presidents and vice-presidents of the society. The current president is Baroness Williams, and the vice-presidents are Nick Clegg MP, David Howarth MP, Simon Hughes MP, and Andrew Duff MEP.