NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
The British Democrats is run by an elected National Executive Council – some of our key leadership personnel include:
|Dr James Lewthwaite||Dr James Lewthwaite – Chairman, National Executive Council founder member.|
Dr James Lewthwaite is the current British Democrats Chairman. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Cambridge University where he was awarded a PhD in 1985. He has previously taught at Bradford, Lancaster and Sheffield Universities.
He served on Bradford Council representing Wyke between 2004 and 2007, where he tried to persuade the Council to tackle the scandal of grooming. However, none of the other parties would support him.
|Andrew Brons – Deputy Chairman, National Nominating Officer and National Executive Council founder member.|
Andrew Brons studied at the University of York, and is a retired lecturer. Andrew has stood for parliament six times and was elected to the European Parliament as an MEP in 2009 representing the Yorkshire and Humber region. Andrew Brons is a former Chairman of the British Democrats.
|Chris Canham||Chris Canham – Treasurer|
Chris currently works in the property sector. He is really concerned about the relentless building on green belt land which is causing the destruction of the character of our villages the length and breadth of the country.
The full National Executive Council for 2023 – 2024 is as follows:
1) Dr James Lewthwaite
2) Andrew Brons
3) Michael Jones
4) Tess Culnane
5) Lawrence Rustem
6) Peter Finch
7) Christopher Bateman
8) Adrian Romilly
9) Chris Canham
10) Stephen Smith
The NEC members placed first to fifth are listed by the number of votes they received at the ballot during 2022 and were elected for a two year term, although Dr James Lewthwaite and Andrew Brons received an equal number of votes. The members placed sixth to tenth were elected unopposed for a two year term starting in 2023.