CCF Parliamentary Chairman
Before entering parliament in 2005, David worked as a solicitor for the Enfield firm Shepherd Harris and Co, specialising in criminal law. He was an advocate in police stations and Courts in Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire. In 1994, David was elected as the youngest councillor in the London Borough of Enfield representing Trent Ward. During the next 8 years David held a number of positions in the Conservative Group. He was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. While in Opposition he was the Shadow Justice Minister with responsibility for youth justice and victims. He is now Parliamentary Private Secretary to Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy. David is particularly interested in the policy areas of the criminal justice system; drugs, family policy and international human rights. David is married to Janet and has six young children.
Jeremy Lefroy was elected as the MP for Stafford in May 2010. Prior to this, he had worked since 1986 in the coffee and cocoa business, including for eleven years in Tanzania. He attends Newcastle-under-Lyme Baptist Church where he helps with the young people’s work. He is a co-founder and trustee of the charity Equity for Africa and serves as a non-executive director of the fair trade company Twin. He is a Trustee and supporter of Stafford Works, a charity that seeks to tackle unemployment, for more information visit their website. He and Janet live with their two children in Keele, Staffordshire.
John was elected member of parliament for Salisbury in 2010 and is currently PPS to Eric Pickles - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Working as a Magistrate in Westminster from 2006 he has an interest in issues impacting young people. John has served on the Board of the Centre for Policy Studies, was Director for the Conservative Research Department and has served on the House of Commons Defence Committee.
In 2001 John stood for Parliament in Plymouth Devonport as one of the youngest candidates.
With business interests in mining, IT, and publishing, Jim is in early stage investment encouraging economic growth and social stability.
He is a board member for several Christian charities covering homelessness, employability, eating disorders, and online advocacy for the Gospel.
Jim creates jobs so people can look after their families, pay taxes as responsible citizens, and to support churches.
Jim lives outside London. He has four children and three grandchildren.
Mary Douglas has been a CCF Trustee since March 2008. She has been a county/unitary councillor for 9 years, and has held cabinet responsibility for children and families, adult social care, and culture. She chairs Wiltshire SACRE, and Salisbury Students Exploring Marriage. Previously, she worked for IBM in I.T. Mary is married to Phil, with two adult children and is a member of City Gate Church, Salisbury, a Pioneer church.
Guy Hordern lives in Birmingham and is a single parent. He has been a City Councillor and Youth Court Magistrate and is currently Chairman of the Birmingham Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. He is President of the Birmingham Ladywood Conservative Association and he wants to see Birmingham (and other large Cities) flourish following a Conservative renewal in Urban Local Government. He is an Anglican Lay Reader and worships at his local Parish Church.
Guy was recognised in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to Community Relations in Birmingham.
David has been the Chief Executive of Attend, formerly the National Association of Hospital and Community Friends, since January 2002. Prior to this he was a Director of an Adult and Children’s hospice in Essex.
David is passionately committed to Volunteering and has held a variety of roles including a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at the HMP and YOI Chelmsford, a trustee of a Child Contact centre, and is Chair of several local community groups.
David is married to Catherine, and they have a son Christopher who is at university. They are members of Avenue Baptist Church in Westcliff on Sea.
Robin is a business owner and approved Parliamentary Candidate. He graduated in engineering and worked in Russia, the USA and Holland before setting up a management consultancy in 2004 focused on transforming local government. He now works with leaders on delivery of social policy that transforms their communities, their organisations and residents' lives. Work has included a review of the role of the public sector across a London Borough and an innovative response to health inequalities across Manchester. He has transformed procurement within a London Borough and supported the re-design of critical services to families and young people, with a 25% cost saving. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice where he has contributed to various papers and working groups. Politically, he stood for the parliamentary seat of Arfon in 2010. His work as the Family and Communities portfolio holder at Forest Heath District Council is re-positioning the council as an 'enabler' to strengthen the community and local voluntary sector to reduce the demand for services. Robin is a former Mayor of Newmarket, where he led the council's work in setting up the multi-£M Home of Horse Racing project and established the Newmarket Festival CIC, leading its "Let's Read!" campaign which has recruited over seventy volunteers to read with children in local schools.
Mark has served as a Trustee of the CCF since 2004, and for the past 5+ years as its Vice Chairman. From 2008-2010, Mark campaigned as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Bristol South, and reduced the safe Labour majority from over 11,000 to 4,700. Today Mark is a Senior Director at the global multinational healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson. Mark has a PhD on climate change in Antarctica from the University of Amsterdam. Mark is married to Alexandra, has two young children, and is a member of All Saints Church in Laleham, Surrey where he runs the Men's Ministry.