CEF Forum Executive Officers and Patrons come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds including individuals with experience of politics, business and law.
We have always enjoyed significant support from members of both Houses of Parliament.
John Bowis OBE served as a Member of the European Parliament for London from 1999 until stepping down in 2009. Before his election to the European Parliament, John was the MP for Battersea and a Minister in John Major's Government.
Alistair entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 for Bury North and between 2001 and 2019 he served as the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire.
A barrister, Dirk drafted the EU single market plan then pursued by Margaret Thatcher. Having been General Counsel of an investment bank, he led the euro-capital market through its first EU sectoral legislation. He is a former Conservative parliamentary c
Antonio López-Istúriz White is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing the Spanish centre-right People’s Party (Partido Popular). He is also Secretary Treasurer of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES)
In the first European Referendum Liz was National Chair of Students for a United Europe. She co-founded and ran the largest, independent, European public policy company with offices in 20 countries.
After service in the British Army Ian Berridge became a management consultant working in strategy and risk for international logistics and telecommunications companies. He now runs a rural enterprise and supports pro-European politics.
Peter Wilde 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.
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.
The Rt. Hon Dominic Grieve QC is a barrister and was the MP for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019. He was the Shadow Attorney General from 2003-09, Shadow Home Secretary from 2008-09, Shadow Justice Secretary from 2009-10 and Attorney-General from 2010–2014.
Colin Bramall was first involved in politics with the Yes Campaign in the 1975 referendum. He has been involved with the Conservative party since then.
Michael Cluff is a consultant with worldwide experience in marketing communications. He has had a long term belief in international co-operation going back to the 1975 referendum campaign.
Denzil Davidson has served former Conservative Prime Ministers and Foreign Secretaries as an adviser on British/EU relations and European politics for over a decade, including as a special adviser to former PM Theresa May
Martin Smith is a management consultant working on strategy, growth, and pricing issues for leading companies. He has been active in Centre-Right politics in the UK and Europe since he was a student.
- Rt Hon Lord Clarke of Nottingham CH QC
- Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
- Rt Hon Damian Green MP
- 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
- Ian Taylor MBE
- Robert Walter