About the Executive

The Sandwell Liberal Democrats elected a new Executive Committee at its AGM in October. This was announced to members and supporters in December, and has hit the ground running, thanks to the cooperation and support of previous Executives. Their help has ensured that the new team have had a smooth handover of responsibilities. Here is a quick guide to the new Executive.

Honorary President: Sadie Smith

Sadie was the first Liberal Democrat Mayor of Sandwell, and a former Councillor for Great Barr and Yew Tree ward. As Mayor, she setup a multi-faith advisory group to promote community cohesion in Sandwell.

Sadie was also the leader of the official opposition on the Council for several years, and knows how important it is to hold the Labour-led Council to account.


Chair: Robert Johns

Rob is a seasoned campaigner with experience working in big public service organisation. Is a leading figure in the Black Country LibDem group.

Treasurer: Bob Smith

Bob was a Head of Department at Sandwell College, and ran a successful business in Warley for 25 years. Practices as a psychotherapist and is our spokesperson on mental health.

Working together more effectively is also a LibDem mantra whether it's in communities, in parliament or with Europe. If the Tories are led by big business and Labour by the unions we have seen how damaging, divisive and confrontationally that can play out. The LibDems have over 100,000 members who want to create a more accepting and robust environment where different views and attitudes can work alongside each other, as we learn from each other.  

Bertram with local doctor, and Rees-Mogg nemesis,
Dr David Nicholl.

Diversity Officer: Bertram Richards

Bertram is a Local campaigner who has worked with numerous community groups in training and development with ongoing interests in housing, law, criminology, and education.

He is our Housing and Communities spokesperson.

Media Officer: Mark Smith

Mark is an editor, translator and interpreter, who speaks Japanese, and helped arrange a meeting between Sandwell Council officers and a visiting consultant from Japan in 2006. He is also a former Councillor for Newton ward.

Membership Secretary: Nigel Fearn

Nigel lives in West Bromwich and is an educator who has published a book, Travel to Unravel, used by some local schools. He is also a keen recycler and is our spokesperson on Recycling and the Environment.


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