Who We Are ...

Your South East Cornwall Liberal Democrats Executive Team

SEC Exec 2024
The 2024 South East Cornwall Liberal Democrats Executive

CHAIR, ELECTIONS AND DATA OFFICER – Dr Martin Dare-Edwards

Former Site and Country Manager for Infineum UK Ltd, Chairman of the Infineum UK Pension Fund, and former Chair of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, now retired! An active amateur Violinist in Orchestras and Chamber Music Groups, keen gardener and cook. Shares his time between Polperro and Oxford. Liberal Democrat Member since 2017 (triggered by the outcome of the EU Referendum), but active for the Liberals and SDP since 1983.

TREASURER – Tracey Kerr

Environmental Science graduate self employed in Ecology and Accounting services. Cornish and grew up in South East Cornwall. Actor with Sterts Theatre and Looe Tudor Players and mediocre trombonist! Loves wildlife gardening, dogs and husband. Elected to Exec in 2018, Treasurer from 2020.

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PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE – Colin Martin

Colin was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the 2019 General Election and has been selected to fight the next election here too. His inclusive, principled and thoughtful approach is winning support from many people who have previously supported other parties.
Colin has worked in Cornwall for over eighteen years, firstly in the office of local Liberal Democrat MP Colin Breed; then for a range of local charities and social enterprises.
In 2013, Colin trained as a teacher, and has specialised in supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
In 2017, Colin was elected as the Cornwall Councillor for Lostwithiel, overturning a huge Conservative majority to win from third place. Colin was re-elected in 2021, and is now the Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Council. Colin has used this platform to campaign for higher pay for care workers, safety upgrades to the A38, abolition of the Tamar Tolls, and above all, bold and sustained action to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Jim Candy

SECRETARY - Jim Candy

Jim got into politics in 1990s when he campaigned on behalf of farmers suffering from OP poisoning from sheep dipping, speaking in the House of Commons, with help from Liberal Democrat MPs, including Colin Breed and Paul Tyler. Most of Jim's farming career was on a rented Council farm in Downderry where with his wife Marian, he raised 4 sons, until he retired in 2018. Jim farmed organically after 1999, with the emphasis on habitat management, especially on the land at Hannafore, which was added to his tenancy, Jim served on the Parish Council for 20 years, and Caradon District Council then Cornwall Council until 2017. He also has served on the Executive of SE Cornwall Lib Dems, including spells as Chair. Since retiring Jim has learnt to swim, in the sea all year round, avoiding sewage dumping. Jim and his wife spend time looking  after their grandchildren and visiting their son in France, and as a staunch European, Interrailing around the continent to catch up with all the holidays they never had as farmers.

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EXECUTIVE MEMBER – Adam Sturtridge

Adam lives near Callington in his ancestral family home. He has been a dairy farmer – running the family farm in 1990s, but now works from home as a software engineer. He is a St Mellion Parish Councillor, and has served as a trustee for two charities. He became a member of the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 General Election, and has been a supporter the Lib Dems and Liberal Party since the 1970s. He has a passion for gardening, caring for the environment and looking after bio-diversity.

Sarah Martin Exec

EXECUTIVE MEMBER – Sarah Martin

Sarah joined the Liberal Democrats in response to the devastating Brexit referendum result. She spent 11 years living and working in Germany after finishing her degree at university and returned to the UK in the early 2000s. Sarah has been a town councillor in Saltash for the past 5 years and stood as Parliamentary Candidate for the Lib Dems in Plymouth against Conservative MP, Johnny Mercer in 2019 managing to increase the Lib Dem share of the vote. She is a dedicated volunteer in community and splits her time between that, her work as a Communications and PR consultant and her two, nearly teenage, children.

EXECUTIVE MEMBER – Naomi Taylor

Naomi has lived in South East Cornwall all her life, growing up in Saltash and then moving down the road to Liskeard in 2000. She has been a town councillor in Liskeard since 2017, serving as the chair of the planning committee and helped to found the towns youth council. She is deeply passionate about sustainable development and providing opportunities for young people. In her spare time, Naomi is one of the management team members for an adult literacy charity.

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MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - Lisa-Jane Dare-Edwards

Like her husband (Martin Dare-Edwards), Lisa-Jane also joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017, horrified by the outcome of the 2016 EU Vote. She worked as part of the "back-room" teams that secured the (against the odds) victory for Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon in June 2017, the fantastic results for the Liberal Democrats in the May 2019 Council Elections, and the increased majority for Layla in December 2019.