"to work with other portfolio-holders, party members and the wider community to assist the Local Party to be inclusive of people who share our values no matter what their background.
"to monitor and help improve the diversity of the Local Party membership, candidates and office-holders and engage with individuals and communities of all genders, ethnic and national backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, social and class backgrounds."
- the Hackney Liberal Democrats' constitution
Geoff Payne, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Reaching out to the Community.
Hackney is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country - maybe the world - so it's really important that we connect with groups and individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Diversity & Inclusion Officer's role is to help the local party reach out and include liberally-minded people from underrepresented groups including women, disabled people, ethnic minority and LGBT communities.
Reaching out to every possible part of Hackney for us is Geoff Payne. Geoff joined what was then the Liberal Party at college in 1983 and has since had a long career as a software engineer. He lives in Hoxton, where he spends time on his allotment, and is active in a number of Lib Dem political groups.
More about the role:
The Diversity & Inclusion Officer's term runs from 1st January to 31st December and elections take place at the local party AGM, usually held in October or November. Any local party officer can be appointed to stand in for the Chair if he/she is unavailable and, as such, all officers are also Vice Chairs.