Advisory Board 2019-04-23T12:56:14+00:00

Advisory Board

CHAIRMAN

LORD FINKELSTEIN OBE

Daniel Finkelstein is Chairman of Onward. He is a weekly columnist for The Times and since 2013 has sat as a Conservative Member of the House of Lords. He was previously an adviser to Prime Minister John Major and Conservative Leader William Hague and a founding director of the Social Market Foundation.

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KEMI BADENOCH MP

Kemi Badenoch was elected as Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden in June 2017. Kemi currently serves as Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for candidates, and as a member of the 1922 Committee. Before entering Parliament, Kemi worked as Director of The Spectator Magazine.

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BARONESS FALL

Kate Fall is a Conservative Member of the House of Lords. Between 2010 and 2016, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister David Cameron 10 Downing Street, having advised him for five years in Opposition. She is also a Partner at Brunswick and a Trustee of Atlantic Partnership.

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NEIL O’BRIEN OBE MP

Neil O’Brien was elected as Member of Parliament for Harborough in June 2017. He was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Business Secretary, in Autumn 2018. Prior to entering Parliament, Neil served as a Special Adviser in both Theresa May’s Number 10 Policy Unit and within George Osborne’s team in HM Treasury. He is the former Director of Policy Exchange and Open Europe.

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BEN BRADLEY MP

Ben Bradley was elected as MP for Mansfield in June 2017. He served as Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for youth, until mid-2018. Prior to entering Parliament, Ben was Conservative Group Leader at Ashfield District Council, worked as a senior adviser to Nick Boles MP and Mark Spencer MP, and had previous roles in recruitment and higher education.

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TOM TUGENDHAT MBE VR MP

Tom Tugendhat has been the Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling since May 2015. He is Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Before entering Parliament, Tom was in the British Army, serving on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as military assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff.

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BARONESS ROCK

Kate Rock is a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords. She currently holds a number of Non Executive Directorships. Until 2016 she was Vice Chairman of The Conservative party with special responsibility for business engagement.

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CHRIS PHILP MP

Chris Philp was elected Member of Parliament for Croydon South in May 2015. Chris currently serves as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and is former Member of the Treasury Select Committee.

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JOHN LAMONT MP

John Lamont was elected as Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk in June 2017. Between June 2007 and 2017, John was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire and served as the Scottish Conservatives Chief Whip and Parliamentary Business Manager.

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JAMES KANAGASOORIAM

James Kanagasooriam is a strategy consultant at OC&C. Between 2014-2018 James was Head of Analytics for Populus where he and his team utilised data science techniques to optimise political campaigning. Their efforts contributed to Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives’ successful 2017 Election. Prior to that James was an investment banker at Rothschild.

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CRAIG ELDER

Craig Elder led the team that put digital at the heart of the Conservatives’ 2015 General Election win, now widely acknowledged as a vital component of the Party’s first majority win in over 20 years. He now runs leading consultancy Edmonds Elder, advising a range of businesses and organisations on how to get real results from digital.

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MARTYN ROSE

Martyn Rose is Deputy Chairman of Onward. Martyn is a successful entrepreneur and business leader, having been chairman of over twenty-five public and private companies. In 2011, he co-founded the Big Society Network. Martyn has also established the successful group of free schools, Floreat Education, co-chaired the National Citizen Service programme with Michael Gove, and the Get Britain Working group with Theresa May and David Freud.

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RACHEL MACLEAN MP

Rachel was elected in 2017 as MP for Redditch, and currently serves as Principal Parliamentary Secretary in the Home Office. She has a background in business, having set up a Birmingham based publishing company, specialising in IT and software content, with her husband. She has also co-founded an HR software business, providing a platform for SMEs to use the latest technology tools to run their businesses more efficiently.

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GILLIAN KEEGAN MP

Gillian was elected in 2017 as MP for Chichester and currently serves as PPS to the Ministry of Defence. Prior to politics, she had a successful career in business, working and living abroad in the manufacturing, banking and IT industries. Gillian is the only MP in the House of Commons to have completed a degree apprenticeship, having worked as an apprentice from the age of 16 and being later sponsored to study a degree in Business Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

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