Dunfermline Liberal Democrats have a long tradition of helping the people of Dunfermline. We currently have strong councillor represention in the Dunfermline area. This page details the membership of the Dunfermline Liberal Democrats Executive Committee. On our website you can also read about our campaigns, our news and also about our elected representatives.
Convenor: James Calder
Our Convenor James Calder was born in Glasgow but from a young age has lived in the local area, having been brought up in Inverkeithing and then Crossford. After leaving school James went to Glasgow University where he studied History and Politics and then continued his studies to do an Master’s Degree at Aberystwyth University in Wales at the International Politics Department where he read Intelligence Studies and International History.
After leaving University James spent some time working in internships for various Liberal Democrat politicians, including Jo Swinson, who was formerly the MP for East Dunbartonshire. He later took on a role working for an IT business based in Dunfermline that works in the aviation industry, giving him the opportunity to travel around the world. Having worked in a sector that trades around the world, this has given James the strong feeling that for Scotland and the UK it is so important to not look inwards but outwards, avoiding nationalism to embrace working with other’s.
James joined the Lib Dems after leaving University. He has stood as a Candidate in Council elections, with James’s motivation being his desire to put something back into the local community in Dunfermline. He also first joined the Dunfermline Liberal Democrat Executive Committee in 2012 as an ordinary member, with the responsibilities of running the website and social media, before deciding to take the plunge and become Convenor in 2015.
Outside of work and politics, James’s main interests lie in fencing, where he has competed for Dunfermline Fencing Club for a number of years. He also served as Captain and President of Glasgow University Fencing Club as well as competing Internationally for both Scottish and British age group teams. His fencing highlights include a bronze medal in the Under-20 Commonwealth Championships in India, being part of Gold Medal winning teams for Scotland in the Junior Home Internationals and the Student 5 Nations, as well as winning the Scottish Student Championships and being in medal positions for various senior opens.
His other interests include playing guitar in his band with friends, as well as enjoying the great outdoors of Scotland. He lives with his fiancé Aude (our Membership Secretary), who he met while working in Belgium, and his two cats Jagger and Gallifrey in Dunfermline.
James lists the following reasons for joining the Liberal Democrats , including:
- The impressive record of Liberal Democrat politicians locally in Dunfermline in both Holyrood and in Westminster, including currently Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
- His identification with socially Liberal Policies, in a time when our civil liberties have been attacked by Labour, Conservative and SNP Governments.
- The fact that the Liberal Democrats in his view are the only Party to engage with the EU in a positive fashion. James is a strong supporter of the EU and will be campaigning hard for Britain to stay in the EU in the upcoming referendum
- The strong support from the Liberal Democrats for a Federal Britain with Scotland staying part of a strong UK but with greater powers and responsibilities.
You can email James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Convenor: Wendy Chamberlain
Originally from Greenock, Wendy has lived in Fife for the last 13 years, and in Limekilns, near Dunfermline, since 2006.
Following her degree in English from Edinburgh University, Wendy joined Lothian and Boards Police in 1999, serving for 12 years as a Police officer. Following a period in operational policing, she moved into HR and Learning and Development, during which time she worked for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and in the Business Management Unit at the Scottish Police College. She also worked part-time as a Communications Lecturer for the then Lauder College in Dunfermline.
She left the Police in 2011, and following a career break to look after her young children, joined the MoD contractor, Right Management, working at MOD Caledonia, Rosyth, as the Scottish Regional Employment and Training Manager on their military resettlement contract, supporting service veterans into positive employment outcomes. In October 2015, she commenced employment as a Capability and Development Manager with a drinks manufacturer.
She grew up in a Liberal tradition, with an Argyllshire grandfather who knew both Rae Michie and Jo Grimmond. Having always voted Liberal Democrat, she joined the party in May 2015, having realised that the party needed her input as well as her vote. She introduced Wille Rennie at the Scottish Party Conference in October 2015, and has since become Vice-Convenor of the Dunfermline and West Fife Liberal Democrats and Treasurer of the Scottish Women Liberal Democrats.
Treasurer: Tom Leatherland
Hello, I’m an environmental scientist who has latterly developed some involvement with politics. My academic training (in England) led me into marine analytical chemistry, which led to my first job looking at pollution in the Clyde Estuary in the 1970’s. My wife and I discovered and loved the Scottish mountains and countryside, and we’ve spent all the rest of our working lives, and many good holidays in Scotland. Over the years, my career developed wider environmental science interests, and I ended up as a senior scientist with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, SEPA.
Throughout this time, my only political activity was to vote Liberal or Liberal Democrat whenever an election came along. Their messages of equality of opportunity, fairness, seeking a strong economy and to enable everyone to fulfil their potential while supporting the weak, always chimed with me.
I met an MP for the first time when my wife retired and she sought help over a problem with her pension. Our MP at that time was Willie Rennie, the problem was sorted, and I was impressed. More than that, I decided that I liked Willie as a genuine person. My next involvement was shortly after I’d retired, and he was seeking re-election. Somehow, I became involved in delivering election literature for him. This led me to meet other local Libdems, who seemed to be a nice bunch of people, and I got on well with them, though without sharing all of their political views.
I think I’d joined the party within a year of that 2010 election. Not too long after that I was on the local committee, and last year I voluntarily put my name forward to be the branch treasurer due to the retirement of the incumbent. I was duly elected at our AGM, so that’s why I’ve been asked to put together this short introduction for our website!
Secretary: Matthew Hall
Matthew was brought up in Dumfries before moving to Stirling to attend university. He has lived in Fife for the last five years and is passionate about the local area.
Matthew has a varied professional background which includes time working in education and recruitment. He currently works for an accountancy practice in Edinburgh.
He is committed to making the voices of local communities heard so that they can benefit from a local council which actively listens to people and makes the decisions and changes necessary to allow them to thrive.
Away from politics, Matthew lives with his wife in Charlestown along with a number of well-loved pets and enjoys running, swimming and reading.
Membership Secretary: Aude Boubaker
Aude is 28 and born in Brussels, Belgium. Her parents always raised her with the value of respect, integrity and the sense of citizenship. While it was time to choose a career path, she decided to go for helping people and engaged herself in the way of Communications and Marketing in the Non-profit sector.
She moved in Scotland in 2013 and got a flat with her fiancé James Calder in Dunfermline.
Passing by working with charities and small businesses to various other jobs, she finally settled herself in her career path as a Marketing Assistant in a provider in eLearning company locally.
She is seeing herself as an outgoing, pro-European (she speaks four languages!) and citizen-centred pro-active person who likes to get involved in her community. She also took part in several drama plays in Dunfermline.
Campaign’s Secretary: Bryn Jones
Fundraising Secretary: Lauren Jones
Ordinary Members: Anne O’Brien, Tony Martin, Claire Chalmers, Russel McPhate, Beryl Leatherland, Jill Blair, Teresa Little