Liberty is the trading name of The National Council for Civil Liberties  (Company number 03260840). Liberty is both a non-profit company that employs staff and runs campaigns, and a democratically-run membership association.

We also work closely with a charity called the Civil Liberties Trust.

Liberty office

Liberty employs staff and benefits from the support and dedication of our committed volunteers.

The work of the office is split into five broad areas:

  • Advocacy and Legal
  • Communications
  • Advice and Information
  • Development
  • Operations 

Each team contributes to Liberty’s campaigning objectives.

Find out more about Liberty's team.

Find out more about our work.

Policy Council

Liberty’s Policy Council meets three times per year and is responsible for policy-setting between Annual General Meetings.

The Council is made up of 30 Liberty members. Each year, 15 members are elected to serve for two years. New Council members take office immediately following the AGM.

See a list of Liberty's current Council Members.

Election to Council of Liberty

Members, affiliated organisations and local groups are invited to submit nominations for the vacant places on the Council.

Please use this form and return by 5.00pm, Thursday 5 March 2020 to submit your nominations.

Nominees for Council must have been Liberty members for at least two months prior to accepting nomination. Anyone wishing to stand in 2020 must have joined by 4 January 2020.

Ballot packs, including biographical information about the candidates will be sent out at the end of March, and members and affiliates will then have until noon, Wednesday 6 May 2020 to submit their ballot papers.

Liberty Council meeting summaries

Liberty Executive Committee

From its members, the Council elects an Executive Committee, which meets at least eight times a year. It is responsible for the strategic direction, financial and other governance of Liberty. In addition, the Executive Committee appoints a Treasurer each year at their first meeting following Liberty’s Annual General Meeting.

See a list of Liberty's current Executive Committee.

The Liberty Exective Committee's report and financial statements for 2018 can be found here.

AGM resolutions

Members may submit motions for debate or constitutional amendment at the AGM. 

Liberty Conference and AGM 2020

Join us in London on Saturday 16 May for the 2020 Liberty Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Date: Saturday 16 May 2020

Location: Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury

The deadline for submitting Motions is 5pm Thursday 5 March 2020. Please use this form to submit a motion.

Members and affiliates will be sent the motions for debate by post at the end of March and will then be able to submit amendments. 

Please note the morning AGM session is only open to members of Liberty. All are welcome in the afternoon session. If you would like to become a member you can join online or call our Membership team on 020 7378 3663.

Find out more and register here.

Liberty Constitution, amended 2007 (PDF)

The Civil Liberties Trust

Liberty works closely with the Civil Liberties Trust (CLT), a registered charity. The CLT has no staff, but commissions Liberty to conduct charitable work such as providing public advice and information.

It is important that the CLT exists as the division between the two organisations enables us to pursue all the work necessary to protect and promote civil liberties and human rights, including, crucially, our political campaigning.