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.

Under the Coalition Government Dominic was the Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland until July 2014.

Dominic was educated at Westminster School and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied Modern History. Then he studied Law. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2008. He is a bencher of his Inn of Court, the Middle Temple.

During the 1980s, Dominic served as a local councillor in Fulham. He was Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society of Conservative Lawyers between 1992 and 1997.

Dominic was elected Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee in September 2015. He has been a Member of the Standards and Privileges Committee and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society of Conservative Lawyers from 2015 to 2017. He is the President of the Franco-British Society and Vice-Chairman of the Franco-British Council. He is Honorary Recorder of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, a member of the Council of Management of Ditchley Park and a Trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Dominic is bilingual in French. Married to Caroline, a practising barrister. They have two adult sons: James and Hugo.

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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.   

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.   

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Skeet

Executive

Tim Skeet has been a long-standing pro-European member of the Conservative party.

He works in the City specialising in debt markets, a job that has taken him around most of Europe and North America and involved him in many regulatory and finance industry developments.

Peter Wilde

Peter has been actively involved nationally and locally in the Conservative Party since he was a student at the LSE, including working for a number of years at Conservative Central Office and serving as a Constituency chair.

Caroline Ash

Executive

Caroline Ash is an entrepreneur and a humanitarian.

She started her career as an investment banker specialising in financial products and syndicated loans for the film and entertainment industries.

Simon Allison

Executive

Simon Allison is Chairman of Citizens for Britain, the group behind the Tories Against Brexit and Conservatives for a People's Vote campaigns. 

Simon fought the parliamentary seat of Croydon North in 2001 as well as having been Deputy Chairman of CGE in the 1990s. 

Gerard Fox

Executive

Gerard Fox is a graduate of Bristol University (BSc Economics & Politics) and a former Managing Director of Credit Suisse Europe Limited, with over 30 years experience in capital markets.

Ivan Botoucharov

YCGE Chair and CGE Executive 

Ivan Botoucharov is co-founder of OneEurope - the largest citizens media in Europe. He studied media and communications at the University of East Anglia and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).