National Executive - Liberal Democrats

National Executive


Queensland

President Andrew Cooper

Andrew has resolved to help a better society evolve by peeling back the State's involvement in our economic and personal lives. He is the founder and president of LibertyWorks, a not-for-profit organisation advocating classical liberal values and policies, and LibertyFest, an annual conference series celebrating our liberty where it exists and plotting to expand it where it doesn't. Andrew studied business at the Queensland University of Technology, is a past president of Entrepreneur's Organisation Brisbane and is the current president of LDP Qld. To earn a living he invests in commercial property and IT startup companies.

Gabriel J. Buckley

Gabe Buckley has been a member of the Federal Executive since 2010. He is a veteran of numerous election campaigns, coming within a hair's breadth of securing a Senate seat in 2016. Gabe grew up in rural Victoria and enjoyed riding motorcycles, water-skiing, shooting, playing football and camping as a youngster. An IT consultant by trade, Gabe has spent many thousands of working hours helping businesses across many industries solve problems created for them by governments. A father of three, Gabe spends his "spare" time rocking out with his band The Whiskey Protocol and managing his own independent record label ANCAP Records.

 


New South Wales

Duncan Spender

Duncan studied politics and economics during university and has since spent much of his career in the federal Treasury. He is a founding member of the Liberal Democrats in 2001. He has been a senior adviser for Senator Leyonhjelm since 2014. 

Clinton Mead

Clinton Mead is a software developer who joined the party in 2010, and was elected to the National Executive later that year. He was elected to Campbelltown Council in September 2012, becoming the first representative of the party elected under the Liberal Democrats name. Clinton served a 4 year term, including one year as Mayor, where he was vocal in opposing rate rises and excessive regulation on business, developers and ratepayers, including embarrassing the council enough to reverse a draft plan of lowering height limits. His experience in government has made him even more of a libertarian than he was when he entered office, and reinforced the importance of electing more Liberal Democrats to all levels of government.

Treasurer Stephen Bisgrove

A happily married Business Consultant with qualifications in Accounting, Financial Planning, and Tax Law, and memberships with the Institute of Company Directors and the Tax Institute. 

Stephen has a strong belief in Libertarian values , and a belief that small government and effective laws can serve a community best. He has particular interest in learning about our country and it's wide ranging needs for good energy, water, and mental health.

 


Victoria

Vice President Kirsty O'Sullivan

Kirsty is a Queensland native living in Melbourne who has been working as a Myotherapist for twenty five years, mostly in Sports Injury Management.

Finding herself ever frustrated with political discourse and societal narratives, Kirsty has thrown herself into several groups to promote the Classical Liberal ideals of free speech, small government and personal responsibility.  She is an executive member of “Liberalists Down Under” - an activist group promoting Liberalism, runs the monthly “Liberty on the Rocks” social nights, works at Libertyworks events across the country, and helps coordinate the Melbourne LDP branch meetings.

Leslie Hughes

Leaning toward classical liberalism, Les is an advocate for civil society with the ideal that all interactions be of a voluntary nature. His political interests include government transparency, individual rights, digital rights, housing affordability, and ending the "nanny-state". Les has more than 15 years working as an information technology professional in the private sector, and almost a decade teaching at the tertiary level. In addition to his position on the National Executive, Les is the President of the Victorian Liberal Democrats.


South Australia

Michael Noack

Michael is a software engineer in Adelaide who has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2007 and now a life-member. Michael became involved with the Liberal Democrats after learning about libertarianism from Ron Paul and others. He is actively involved in SA since it's first branch meeting, helping the state to become the first state registered for the Liberal Democrats. Michael is active on a range of issues, speaking at rallies, working with various groups impacted by the government and has been a candidate in elections at all levels of government, both in lower and upper houses.


 


Western Australia

Dr Stuart Hatch

Stuart was born and raised in Perth. He is the President of the Western Australian branch of the Liberal Democrats, the executive director of the Australian Libertarian Society, and has also had a long association with the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. Stuart studied physics and electrical engineering at the University of Western Australia and completed his PhD in 2009. He currently works in the field of electron and x-ray microscopy.


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