Lib Dem Chief Executive Tim Gordon steps down

Tim Gordon has stepped down as the Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats.

In a statement today, he said:

It has been an honour to work for the Party for the past half decade. These have not been easy years but I am proud to have worked with both Nick Clegg and Tim Farron who so clearly and eloquently articulated the Liberal voice that Britain needs.

We now have a great new leader and deputy in place and after the challenges of the past few years this feels like an appropriate moment for a change. There are other opportunities that I have delayed pursuing for long enough and I want to give my successor as much time as possible to prepare before what could be yet another snap General Election.

I am extremely proud of what my team has delivered. After decades of decline we are now well in to our fifth consecutive year of membership growth and are on track for our fifth consecutive year of fundraising growth, beating Labour’s non-union donations in most sets of quarterly returns. Both have benefited from our investment in new systems and digital communications; online fundraising has increased over 40-fold. HQ’s diversity has improved: both the director team and salary levels are now gender-balanced. Critically, we are again winning electoral battles – even if there remains much to do. I am incredibly grateful and frequently humbled by all those across the Party who have worked so hard for the fightback that is now underway.

The Party under Vince Cable is now well positioned to move forward. We have the right approach to Brexit for both party and country. And I intend to keep on helping the Party in the ways that I have always done: knocking on doors and delivering the odd leaflet.

Senior figures thanked him for his five years at the helm of the party:

Sal Brinton, our Party President said:

On behalf of the party I want to place on record a huge thank you to Tim for his all his amazing hard work over nearly five often gruelling years.

He has run the party machine during extremely demanding times, with the Liberal Democrats in coalition government, then two general elections and the EU Referendum.

After the setback of the 2015 general election, Tim immediately set out to make sure that the party’s finances were secured, and provided the structures that have allowed the party to recover. In the last two years our membership has doubled, we have won many council by elections and the Richmond Park parliamentary by-election and in June this year increased our MPs. He leaves at a time when the Liberal Democrat fightback is well-underway and we wish him the very best.

Vince Cable added:

Tim has managed the party staff and finances very effectively during challenging times, and I want to thank him for ensuring that the party is now in such good order to move back into the centre of British political life.

My first encounter with Tim Gordon came just weeks after he took over. I had just become Scottish Party Treasurer and had to deal with the aftermath of An Almighty Row between the Federal and Scottish Parties. Neither of us cared much about the history of this Great Feud. We were both able to come to an amicable solution in about 10 seconds flat.

For me his finest hour came during the divisive and awful Scottish independence referendum. Tim did all he could to help us in a really open, helpful and constructive way. He even came up and went campaigning with us. He won a lot of respect and gratitude in the process.

I wish him well for whatever he goes off and does next.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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3 Comments

  • Hope he he has found another suitable position. At last there seem to be changes happening in the campaign organisation, much needed after the appalling results we have and are continuing to experience. Perhaps we should invite James Chapman after his latest tweets re Brexit and Boris Johnson etc!

  • Richard Underhill 10th Aug '17 - 12:28pm

    The post should be advertised.

  • Best of luck to him in his future career.
    Hope they now focus on recruiting someone with the experience to build a strong organisation, who understands volunteer management, financial management and supporting effective governance. Need to ensure that systems across the organisation – at local and national level – are made more robust to prevent any more of the costly errors that we have seen in recent years.

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