Who we are

CGE's and YCGE's executive officers and patrons come from a broad spectrum, and include individuals from politics, business, and law. 

The Conservative Group for Europe has traditionally had strong support in the Conservative Parliamentary Party and we currently have more than 70 Parliamentary supporters. 


  • The Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke CH QC

Vice Presidents:

  • John Bowis OBE
  • Lord Inglewood


  • The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC 

Deputy Chair:

  • Edward Bickham

Vice Chairs:

  • The Rt Hon Alistair Burt 
  • Richard Harrington 


  • Mark Leverton

Member Secretary:

  • Liz Spencer


  • Colin Bramall

Young CGE Chair:

  • Ivan Botoucharov

Executive Committee:

  • Baroness Altmann
  • Gerard Fox
  • Ivan Botoucharov
  • Tim Skeet
  • Peter Wilde
  • James Barty
  • Michael Cluff
  • Martin Smith
  • Daniel Paterson

Council Members:

  • Baroness Altmann
  • Lord Deben
  • Lord Kirkhope
  • Andy Simpson
  • Ben Patterson
  • Ivan Botoucharov
  • Matthew Schlachter
  • Peter Dawson
  • Peter Moore
  • Charles Tannock


  • Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
  • Rt Hon Lord Heseltine of Thenford CH
  • Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE
  • Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate
  • Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH PC ACIB
  • Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes CH
  • Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL
  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman
  • Ian Taylor MBE
  • Robert Walter

Young CGE:
Vice Chair:

  • Henrique Laitenberger

International Officer:

  • Emmanuel Janssens 

Student Liaison Officer:

  • Lysander Bickham

Outreach Officer:

  • Felix Millbank

Nordic Liaison Officer:

  • Severi Paanila

Baltic Liaison Officer:

  • Edvardas Lukošius

Irish Liaison Officer:

  • Art O'Mahony