So you want to be Liberal Democrat Party Treasurer…

…said very few people ever. However, there have been some bold and enterprising individuals who have taken the role on over the years, to whom we are extremely grateful.

The most recent incumbent was Lord Ian Wrigglesworth, who stepped down in September, so the party is seeking someone to fill this important role.

This isn’t about financial admin, book-keeping, financial strategy and telling people sternly that they can’t spend money we don’t have. That role is taken by the Chair of the Federal Finance and Administration Committee, currently Peter Dunphy. It’s mainly about fundraising – making sure the party has the money it needs to fight campaigns strongly.  The ad on the party website explains more:


To lead fundraising initiatives for Liberal Democrats HQ and our major political and General Election campaigns, working with the Leader, Chief Executive and the Chief Fundraiser.

Major responsibilities:

1. Organising the strategy for Federal fundraising in consultation with the appropriate officers in the Party and with the Chief Executive and Chief Fundraiser;
2. Working closely with the Chief Fundraiser and Compliance Officer to ensure that all our fundraising activities comply fully with the requirements of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and with the Donations Procedure established by Liberal Democrats Ltd;
3. Working with the Chair of the FFAC, the Chief Executive and his/her team to ensure that fundraising budgets are agreed and met to ensure the overall financial viability of the Party is maintained;
4. Chairing the Fundraising Board and working with the Chief Fundraiser to agree on its membership and fundraising activities and targets;
5. Working with other sections of the party to ensure that their activities are co-ordinated with the Federal Party’s fundraising activities;
6. Reporting regularly to the Federal Executive, the FFAC and Liberal Democrats Ltd, keeping them informed on fundraising strategy, progress and initiatives and consulting them as appropriate on new initiatives and new major donors to the Party.
7. Extending the fundraising potential of the Party, so that we keep abreast of the most modern and innovative fundraising techniques and developments for political parties;
8. Identifying, cultivating and soliciting donations from donors and prospective donors;
9. Speaking at fundraising events and dinners in London and other locations.

Members wishing to be nominated should apply to [email protected] for an nomination pack which must be returned by 5pm on 24th November 2015.

So, if you have the skills to fulfil this vital role, you know what to do.

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  • … looks like there’s not a LOT of takers for this

  • Christopher Haigh 9th Nov '15 - 4:51pm

    Being in charge of fund raising seems to be a very odd role for a treasurer to undertake.

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