Chief Executive Officer Tim Gordon leaving the Liberal Democrats
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats thanked the party's Chief Executive Tim Gordon today after he announced that he was stepping down after five years in the role.
Tim said: "It has been an honour to work for the Party for 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 into 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."
Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats 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 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, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said: "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."