Freedom Alliance is a democratic member led organisation. Day to day management is through an Executive Committee. Whilst the initial Executive Committee has been established by the founding members all posts on Committee will be subject to election every four years. All members are entitled to stand and vote in these elections. The first elections are scheduled for the Summer of 2021. All posts are unpaid and the party does not currently employ any staff.
Our clear aim is to build a grassroots movement that is organised and co-ordinated locally with minimal central management.
The Current Executive Committee comprises the following positions
Leader, Chair, Treasurer, Nominations Officer, Scotland Co-ordinator, three additional members.
Chairman. Steven Pannas
Steven is recently retired company owner of 26 years within the automotive parts distribution industry. He has been self employed since 1984 and lives close to York in North Yorkshire.
Steven was born in 1958 and is married with three children and two grandchildren. His interests include motor racing holding a current race licence and classic car restoration.
Steven’s role in Freedom Alliance is as constitutional head of the party ensuring that the party is run legally and fairly in accordance with its constitution and in the interests of it’s members. He is actively involved in policy development and chairs the weekly Executive Committee meetings.
Scotland Co-ordinator. Di Meechan.
Di Meechan has been involved in managing and running businesses for the past 20 years. Her background is not in politics she is a businesswoman and a mother who’s motivated and wants better things for the Scottish people. She lives in Glasgow.
Di explained her motivation for becoming involved in the anti-lockdown movement and Freedom Alliance
“In December 2020 my first grandchild was born. One of the first babies conceived and born during UK lockdown, an original ‘Lockdown Baby’. I want this child and every other child to grow up in a world with freedom, true democracy and absolute human rights where politicians operate with integrity for the future of our society and our economy.
Our governments, particularly within the last 9 months, have not been acting in our best interest. The impact of lockdown and bad or immoral policy making, on our individual lives, our mental and physical health and keeping the economy from collapse during lockdown have not been their priority.
Opposition parties have not been standing against the catastrophic decisions and policies and we the people are now morally obliged to be the opposition. Without political intervention our country will continue to be led by individuals with conflicts of interest and ulterior motives.
I recognise that it’s impossible to go back to the way it used to be, this does not mean that we have to accept the ‘New Normal’ as it’s laid out to us by those who have taken absolute control. We have the ultimate opportunity for change to create a fair and just world. We can of course, choose to live in fear and hang on to the idea of the return to the ‘Old Normal’ or we can choose to create our own future, a new future that works for us, our children and our children’s children. One in which we reject censorship, propaganda and applied behavioural psychological in favour of freedom of speech, bodily autonomy and human rights.
CHOOSE TO BE THE OPPOSITION!
CHOOSE TO USE YOUR POWER!
CHOOSE TO MAKE THE CHANGE!
Our children are depending on us…”
Treasurer. Jonathan Tilt
Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant who after working in financial management for twenty years retrained as an acupuncturist. Since 2010 he has been the sole practitioner at Barnsley Acupuncture. He has a detailed understanding of the challenges facing small and medium sized enterprises who have been abandoned by the legacy political parties. Through his work as an acupuncturist he has witnessed first hand the mental health crisis that has been caused by the government’s actions during 2020.
Jonathan lives near Dewsbury and has a thirteen-year old daughter and a five -year old son. Jonathan’s partner Anthea is a primary school teacher. He is (an increasingly slow) marathon runner and long-distance swimmer.
Jonathan was a founder member of the Freedom Alliance who acts as nominated treasurer and is heavily involved in membership and candidate liaison.
Communications Officer. Miri Finch.
After beginning her career in sales, Miri trained as a copywriter in 2008, and since then, has worked primarily in a PR role for a range of small businesses. She has helped develop a wide range of successful promotional campaigns for enterprises by focusing on simple, strategic messaging, and has seen how effective this can be in communicating with people over the coronavirus situation. She believes the current “lockdown” to be illegitimate and disproportionate, and that people need clear and accessible facts to enable them to make an informed choice at the ballot box in May.
Miri’s role in Freedom Alliance is to create and coordinate the party’s outgoing communications, in order to ensure all promotional materials furnish individuals with exactly the information they need to enable them to make the right political decisions for themselves and their families, as we move towards perhaps the most important elections of our lifetimes.
An avid country-walker and very competitive Scrabble player (and contrary to husbandly protestations, she never, ever cheats), Miri is married to Mark, and they live in Huddersfield, with an ever-increasing number of cats.