Our team

Our leadership team is the core decision making body within Centre. It votes on policy and the direction of the group by a simple majority.

Sections:

Administration

Torrin Wilkins

Torrin is the Director and Founder of Centre. He has a Political Studies degree from Aberystwyth University, created the “Expanding furlough” plan which he presented to the Gaps in Support APPG and has been interviewed on both the BBC and LBC.

Jasneet Samrai

Jasneet is the Deputy Director and the Equalities Spokesperson for Centre. They have also worked as a campaign organiser, helping to elect 3 MEP’s and they are the Safeguarding and Pastoral Care Officer for Centre.

Jake Poulton

Jake is Head of Policy for Centre. He is currently studying Political Science and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. He is a member of the Liberal Democrats and works on health policy for the Red Cross.

Christopher Dunne

Christopher is the Treasurer for Centre. He currently studies Law and Politics at Cardiff University.

Will Barber – Taylor

Will is the Head of Events and Podcasts for Centre. He also co-hosts the Debated Podcast and hosts the Not A Day For Soundbites Podcast.

Sebastian Teague

Seb is the chair of Young Centre. They study economics, sociology, maths and music at A-level. They’re also the LGBT and youth officer for Tewkesbury Labour and helps run several campaigns, both partisan and non-partisan, local and national.

Spokespeople

Louise Jenifer

Louise is the Education Spokesperson for Centre. She is a history and politics student at the university of Leicester and ran the university rent strike there. She also started a sexual violence campaign within the Labour Party, the stopit campaign.

Bill Hodgkinson

Bill is our Economics Spokesperson and he is a Mathematics student at the University of Edinburgh. He also volunteers and writes in his spare time.

Ashley Routh

Ash is our Health spokesperson, and a former councillor. Ash is an active member of the Green Party where she is the Co-Chair of the LGBTIQA Greens. She is currently studying Speech and Language Therapy at Sheffield University, and is particularly focused on trans healthcare provision.

Archie Barnett

Archie is the Environment Spokesperson for Centre. He is a politics and journalism student at the University of Worcester, a member of the Liberal Democrats and has held multiple roles in the Telford Young People’s Forum.

Joe Gellman

Joe is the Social Security Spokesperson for Centre. He studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and was the former chair of Harrow Young Conservatives but is now an independent.

Joel Punwani

Joel is the Transport Spokesperson for Centre. He is a student at Exeter University, where he campaigns for the Lib Dems and usually walks places. Having lived in Amsterdam, he’s witnessed a world leading system of integrated transport, and wishes ours could be a lot more like it.

James Steel

James is the Housing Spokesperson for Centre. He has been a Housing Activist with groups such as Surrey, Cut the Rent and Guildford Private Renters Association in the past. He is also a Borough Councillor on Guildford Borough Council and the current Lead Councillor for Sports, Leisure and Tourism.

Pushkin Defyer

Pushkin is the Democracy Spokesperson for Centre. He was also the former BAME Officer within Young Liberals and is currently studying for his A-Levels.

Alfie Green

Alfie is the Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for Centre. He is a History student at the University of Nottingham and formally interned as a Parliamentary Caseworker for Christopher Pincher MP.

Lauren Davison

Lauren is the Justice Spokesperson for Centre. She is also a Criminology Postgraduate, passionate about prison reform, access to Justice and researching Justice through a political lens.

Regional and State Chairs

Freya Greaves

Freya is the Chair for Centre in the South West. She is also the North Cornwall Liberal Democrat Representative.

Danny Simm

Danny is Chair for Centre in the North West. He is a broadcaster and journalist, with a background in business & fundraising. His broadcasting career currently includes presenting drivetime on Bolton FM in Lancashire. He also serves on the North West exec of the Lib Dems and he is a local election candidate for them.

Md M Hamid

Md is Chair for Centre in the North East. He studies law through the Sanctuary Scholarship at Northumbria University and is an asylum seeker. He has been nominated for an Amnesty International award, volunteered for 5 organisations despite not being allowed to work and started his own food bank in Newcastle. He is also a campaigner on the rights of asylum seekers and his judicial review against the Home Office changed the rules on asylum seekers right to study in the UK.

Adam McCartan

Adam is Chair for Centre in Northern Ireland. He is an International Relations and History student at Aberystwyth University and originally came from Northern Ireland. Coming from a Catholic family he has seen the deep scars caused by division within Northern Ireland and is committed to help heal them. In his spare time, he likes to read up further on history and on world affairs.

Fergus Llewelyn Turtle

Fergus Llewelyn Turtle is our Chair for Wales. He is a final year politics undergrad at the University of Liverpool and former policy officer for Welsh Young Liberals although he is currently non-partisan.

Digital Campaigns Team

Ryan Frendo

Ryan is a member of our Digital Communications Team in Centre. He also studied Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University.

Rowen Wilkins

Rowen is a member of our Digital Communications Team in Centre and is Head of Photography. He is also a photographer and has a degree in social sciences.