People

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

Chair

Dominic is a barrister and has been the MP for Beaconsfield since 1997. He was the Shadow Attorney General from 2003-09, Shadow Home Secretary from 2008-09 and Shadow Justice Secretary from 2009-10.

Antoinette Sandbach MP

Deputy Chair

Following on from a successful career as a Barrister, where she practised for 13 years specialising in Criminal Law, Antoinette was elected to the Welsh Assembly in 2011 to represent the North Wales Region.   

Edward Bickham

Vice Chair

Edward is a former Special Adviser to Douglas Hurd (as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, including during the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty). He is the author of CGE paper: ‘Seeking the Common Ground – Building a new constructive relationship between Britain and the European Union’ (2017).

Ben Howlett

Vice Chair

Ben Howlett is the Director of Public Policy Projects, providing practical policy analysis and development to the health, care and other public services.

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP

President

Kenneth Clarke has been the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe since 1970. He was in permanent ministerial employment throughout the 18 years of successive Conservative governments from 1979 to 1997, serving in the cabinets of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Neil Carmichael

Vice President

Neil Carmichael, Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham, is Senior Adviser, PLMR, providing strategic advice and support across all sectors; Chief Education Consultant at Christine Lee & Co (solicitors); and Senior Adviser at Wild Search.

Liz Spencer

Membership Secretary

In the first European Referendum Liz was national Chair of Students for a United Europe. She has served as a district Councillor for West Derbyshire and co-founded and ran the largest, independent, European public policy company with offices in 20 countries.

Mark Leverton

Treasurer
Mark Leverton is the treasurer of the Conservative Group for Europe and sits on the Executive as well as the Council. Professionally, he has more than 25 years' experience as a Corporate Relations leader working in a multinational environment, with substantial international experience of developing

Colin Bramall

Secretary

Colin was first involved in politics with the Yes Campaign in the 1975 referendum. He has been involved with the Conservative party since then.