What do the Lib Dems need from the party’s next Chief Executive?

by Stephen Tall on October 1, 2011

As readers of Liberal Democrat News — and the party’s website — will know the Lib Dem are searching for a new chief executive to succeed Chris Fox. Here’s the job ad:

The Liberal Democrat Party is appointing a new Chief Executive.
Liberal Democrat Headquarters, London, SW1

The Chief Executive leads the Party administration and directs the human, financial and administrative resources of the Party – both its senior professional team and its membership and supporter base. He or she will bring energy and outstanding leadership to this crucial job. The post is based in the Party’s new headquarters in the heart of Whitehall.

In addition to day-to-day operations, the Chief Executive will be expected to focus on a number of important areas:

  • Growing the Party and improving its impact by developing world-class Policy, Communications, Campaigns and Marketing teams, ensuring that the voice and influence of the Liberal Democrats continues to grow.
  • Reviewing and further improving the structure, systems and processes of the Party, further embedding efficiency, integrity and transparency at the heart of all its operations.
  • Further developing the Party’s fundraising infrastructure in order to meet challenging financial targets.
  • Building the team that will fight the General Election in 2015.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate:

  • A track record of strategic and operational management within either public, not for profit or private sector organisations.
  • Understanding of the challenges of working in a highly competitive, fast changing, and public organisation.
  • An ability to work effectively in a political and campaigning environment.
  • A strong commitment to the Liberal Democrat cause and a deep understanding of the UK political environment.
  • For further information and details of how to apply, please contact our employment agency advisor, Saxton Bampfylde Ltd, at or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0890 (during office hours); or at www.saxbam.com/jobs reference BALDB.

    Applications should arrive no later than 12pm, Monday 3 October.

    The party has benefited from two quite different chief executives in its recent history: first, the campaigning supremo Chris (now Lord) Rennard, and then Chris Fox, who focused on readying the party for the 2010 election then having to entirely re-structure it when the Coalition was formed and the party’s loss of ‘Short money’ forced a wholesale re-organisation.

    The new chief executive will be expected to set out a strategy that will prepare the party for the 2015 election and life beyond the Coalition. What do Voice readers think should be her or his top three priorities?