Honorary Officers

Our Honorary Officers and Vice Presidents collaborate with the executive team to provide support for Plus and offer guidance and assistance to the Executive. Additionally, they serve as representatives for Plus, acting as spokespeople on our behalf within the Party.

Honorary Officers

Patron: Bernard Greaves

Bernard has been campaigning for LGBT+ rights for over 50 years. He played a prominent role in securing both the Liberal and Liberal Democrats Party's commitment to equality for LGBT+ people. He became the first openly gay man to hold national office in a UK political party. He has been active in both campaigning and community support in the front line, first in Cambridge and then for over 40 years in Leicester. He is currently researching the health of older LGBT+ people at De Montfort University.

President: Layla Moran MP

Layla has served as the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon since 2017. She studied physics at Imperial College London, and worked as a maths and physics teacher before becoming an MP. Layla is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & International Development. In January 2020, Layla came out publicly as Britain's first openly pansexual Member of Parliament.


Honorary Vice Presidents

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Alex has served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Edinburgh Western constituency since 2016. He has currently served as Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, the Constitution and External Affairs. In 2018 he was expelled from the Scottish Parliament chamber for wearing an "ostentatious" tie in support of LGBT+ inclusive education.


Kirsty Williams

Kirsty has previously served as Minister for Education in the Welsh government (2016-2021), and former leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats (2008-2016) before retiring from front-line politics in May 2021. As Education Minister, she overhauled Welsh Education, delivering a new Welsh curriculum which will see Wales become a world leader in LGBT+ inclusive Relationships and Sexuality Education. Kirsty now chairs the advisory board of the International Learning Exchange Programme, Wales' replacement for Erasmus+.

Josh Babarinde OBE

Josh is the Eastbourne & Willingdon Parliamentary Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats and founder and CEO of Cracked It, a social enterprise smartphone repair service staffed by young ex-offenders. He was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Criminal Justice, Social Enterprise and the Economy. A committed Lib Dem activist in Eastbourne, during the coronavirus lockdown Josh and his firm launched a scheme to provide free video phones to Eastbourne's care home residents so they could stay connected with their families and see their GPs online.

Cllr Rodney Berman OBE

Rodney is currently a councillor for the Penylan ward of Cardiff. He was formerly leader of Cardiff Council between 2004 and 2012, and in 2013 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to local government and the community in Cardiff.


Richard Flowers

Richard is currently Treasurer of the English Liberal Democrats and an activist and Lib Dem campaigner in East London, where he has lived for 25 years. Richard married his husband Alex in 2014 thanks to Liberal Democrats in government creating the Same-Sex Marriage Act.

Jen Yockney MBE

Jen is one of the most prominent bisexual community activists in the UK, having worked on giving bisexual communities support and voice since the mid 1990s. In 2016 she was the first Mx in the Honours List, receiving the MBE for Services To The Bisexual Community. Jen was our Chair for three years from 2007 - 2009.


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