Officers

At the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) the following officers were elected:

Chair: Richard Graham MP

Treasurer: Rt Hon John Spellar MP
Secretary: Lord Cotter
Hong Kong Sub Committee Chair: Lord Wei

Deputy Chairs:

Lord Clement-Jones CBE
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP
Rt Hon David Hanson MP
Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP
Rt Hon Lord Steel

Vice Chairs:

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP – Vice Chair for Scotland
David Simpson MP – Vice Chair for Northern Ireland
Craig Williams MP – Vice Chair for Wales

Nigel Evans MP – Vice Chair for Cross Strait Relations
Roger Godsiff MP – Vice Chair for Energy & Natural Resources
Stephen Hammond MP – Vice Chair for Financial Services: Trade & Investment
Mark Hendrick MP – Vice Chair
Robert Jenrick MP – Vice Chair for Education & Culture
Jeremy Lefroy MP – Vice Chair for Locality Partnerships
Chris Leslie MP – Vice Chair for Financial Services: Regulation & Stability
Angus MacNeil MP – Vice Chair
Alan Mak MP – Vice Chair for Young People
Jason McCartney MP – Vice Chair for Science & Technology
Madeleine Moon MP – Vice Chair for Human Rights & Gender Issues
Will Quince MP – Vice Chair for Transport
Geoffrey Robinson MP – Vice Chair for Industry
Julian Sturdy MP – Vice Chair for Agriculture
Michelle Thomson MP – Vice Chair for Trade
Yvonne Fovargue MP – Vice Chair for the Consumer Economy
Catherine West MP – Vice Chair for the Chinese Diaspora

Richard Graham MP (Chair)

Richard is MP for Gloucester, was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to FCO Minister Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP and is now the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Indonesia. Richard previously worked for John Swire & Sons, HM Diplomatic Service and Baring Asset Management. He was British Trade Commissioner China, First Secretary in the British Embassy Beijing and HM Consul Macao 1989-92. From 1993-97 he opened and ran Baring plc then ING Barings office in China, was a director of the Greater China Fund plc, founder Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, refounder of the Shanghai Cricket Club and a member of the first ever crossing of the Taklamakan Desert. Richard later ran Baring Asset Management’s international and institutional businesses and is currently Director of the Great Britain China Centre. See also http://www.richardgraham.org/.

Lord Clement-Jones CBE (Deputy Chair)

Tim is the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper, the global law firm, former Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, its former International Business Relations Partner (2010-2012) and Chairman of Global Government Relations, its government affairs and media relations practice (1999-2010). He is a member of the Saudi–Britain Joint business Council, a Law Society Ambassador to the City of London and an Icebreaker Fellow and Vice-President of the 48 Group Club, a business network which promotes links with China. Tim was Chairman of the Association of Liberal Lawyers 1982 to 1986 and then of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and played a major part in the merger with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He was made CBE for political services in 1988. He was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Finance Committee from 1989 to 1998 and Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010. Tim was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. He is now Liberal Democrat spokesman on the Creative Industries.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Deputy Chair)

Geoffrey is MP for The Cotswolds. He was PPS to Douglas Hogg as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1995-97); as well as Opposition Whip (1999-01; 2004-05); Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2001), and Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001-02). Geoffrey has also served as Shadow Minister for Local Government (2002-03) and for Local and Devolved Government (2003-04); and as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (2005-07), Trade (2007; 2009-10), and International Development (2007-10). See also http://www.cliftonbrown.co.uk/.

Rt Hon David Hanson MP (Deputy Chair)

David is MP for Delyn. He was PPS to Alastair Darling as Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1997-98); Assistant Government Whip (1998-99); Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office (1999-01); PPS to Tony Blair as Prime Minister (2001-05); Minister of State: Northern Ireland Office (2005-07), Ministry of Justice (2007-09), Home Office (2009-10); Shadow Exchequer Secretary (2010-11); Shadow Minister for Home Office (2011-15): Policing (2011-13), and Immigration (2013-15). See .also http://www.davidhanson.org.uk/

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP (Deputy Chair)

Alex is MP for Gordon and Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons. He is former Leader of the SNP (2004-14) and First Minister of Scotland (2007-14). Alex has also served as Scottish National Party Spokesperson for Constitution, Economy, Trade and Industry, Fishing (1992-97); Constitution, Fishing (1997-04); and Treasury (2001-04). Alex’s main interests outside work and politics are golf, horse racing, football and reading. See also http://www.snp.org/people/alex-salmond.

Rt Hon Lord Steel KT PC (Deputy Chair)

David’s political career began some months before he graduated when he was adopted as the Liberal PPC for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, but moved to the Borders seat before the 1964 election. Then after University his first job was as the Scottish Liberals’ Assistant General Secretary. His key interests in Parliament were UK domestic affairs and social policy, and 1965-67 he started out as the Party’s employment spokesman before becoming Chief Whip in 1970. Then in 1976 David was elected leader of the Liberal Party. After stepping down as leader he turned to focus on two main areas of interest; foreign affairs and constitutional reform. On the foreign affairs front he has been involved in democracy and human rights issues in developing countries, especially in Africa.

Lord Wei (Hong Kong Sub Committee Chair)

Lord Wei of Shoreditch, also known as Nat Wei, is a social entrepreneur who is interested in social reform. He is the youngest member of the House of Lords and the only current ethnic Chinese peer, as well as the first member of Chinese ethnic origin to have been born and brought up in the UK. As such, Lord Wei takes an active interest in British Chinese community issues, particularly in social reform. He is also interested in economic and cultural ties between the UK and China. In April 2011, when Lord Wei was visiting China, he was given an award by Phoenix Television for his achievements. He is the most senior ethnic Chinese politician in the European Union. Lord Wei also serves as Chair of the APPG for East Asian Business, and as Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade & Investment. See also http://www.natwei.com.

Rt Hon John Spellar PC MP (Treasurer)

John is MP for Warley and was a Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister. Before the 2010 General Election John was Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household in the Whips’ office and previously Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Minister for Transport and Minister for Northern Ireland. John was Opposition Whip with responsibility for Employment, Trade and Industry and Parliamentary Business from 1992-94. Opposition spokesman on Northern Ireland from 1994-95, and on Defence from 1995-97. Before entering Parliament he was a National Officer for the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications and Plumbing Union. See also http://www.johnspellar.labour.co.uk/.

Lord Cotter (Secretary)

Brian has spent almost all his working life in small business, much of the time running his own company. Brian joined the Liberal Party in 1983 and has been active member of the Liberals and then the Liberal Democrats ever since. Brian has worked extensively with charities at local and national levels. Brian was the Liberal Democrat MP for Weston-super-Mare from 1997 to 2005, and he was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP (Vice-Chair for Scotland)

Tasmina is MP for Ochil and South Perthshire. She is the SNP Westminster Spokesperson for Trade and Investment, and Deputy Shadow Leader of the House. She is also National Women’s and Equalities Officer for the SNP. Tasmina is a leading Scottish businesswoman, lawyer, screen actress and mother-of-four. Prior to her election in May 2015, she was a senior business and legal practice executive, with an extensive and consistent track record of working with national and international clients. Tasmina received an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 for her services to business and the Asian community in Scotland. See also http://www.snp.org/tasmina_ahmed-sheikh_mp.

David Simpson MP (Vice-Chair for Northern Ireland)

David is MP for Upper Bann. He was a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and the Commons Committee on Statutory Instruments (2006-09), and the Transport Select Committee (2007-09). He joined the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in 2009. He has been DUP Spokesperson on Trade and Industry (2005-07), Transport (2007-09), Young People (2007-10), International Development (2007-10), and Business, Innovation and Skills (2009-), Communities and Local Government (2010-) and Education (2012-). See also http://www.mydup.com/who-we-are/david-simpson.

Craig Williams MP (Vice-Chair for Wales)

Craig is MP for Cardiff North. He is a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions and the Select Committee for Welsh Affairs. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament he served as a local Councillor on Cardiff City Council from 2008-15, during which he chaired the Council’s Economy and Culture Committee. Craig currently sits on the board of Cardiff Bus, the dominant operator of bus services in Cardiff, Wales and the surrounding area, and takes a keen interest in transport issues. Craig is also an officer of several other All Party Parliamentary Groups, including Rail in Wales and Children in Wales. See also http://www.craig-williams.org.uk/.

Nigel Evans MP (Vice-Chair)

Nigel is MP for Ribble Valley and former Deputy Speaker (2010-13). He has served as PPS to David Hunt as Secretary of State for Employment (1993-94) and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1994-95), to Tony Baldry as Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1995-96), and to William Hague as Secretary of State for Wales (1996-97). Nigel was also Opposition Spokesperson for Scotland and Wales (1997-99), Wales (1999-01); and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (2001-03). See also http://www.nigel-evans.org.uk/.

Roger Godsiff MP (Vice-Chair) – Energy & Natural Resources

Roger is MP for Birmingham Hall Green. He was a special adviser to the former Minister of Sport Richard Caborn on cricket, and during his time as a trade union official he was a leading member of the St Ermins Group, a secret caucus of moderate trade unionists. Roger is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Japan Group, and his political interests include the European Union, foreign affairs, sport, recreation, and immigration. See also http://www.rogergodsiffmp.co.uk/.

Stephen Hammond MP (Vice-Chair) – Financial Services: Trade & Investment

Stephen is MP for Wimbledon, and member of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. In Parliament, Stephen has served as Shadow Minister for Transport (2005-10) and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport at the Department for Transport with responsibility for road safety, roads and maritime issues. Stephen is also the Chair of the Financial Markets and Services All Party Parliamentary Group. Prior to his Parliamentary career, Stephen worked for several major investment banks and fund management houses including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Commerzbank Securities, and Pan European Research. Stephen was also Deputy Chairman of Merton Citizens Advice Bureau, and is a sidesman at St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon. See also http://www.stephenhammond.net/.

Mark Hendrick MP (Vice-Chair)

Mark is MP for Preston and a former Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in the FCO. From 1994-99 he was MEP for Central Lancashire. Mark was PPS to Margaret Beckett as Foreign Secretary and Environment Secretary and Jack Straw as Justice Secretary. He also sat on the International Development Select Committee and the European Scrutiny Select Committee. Mark is a former Chair of the APPCG. See also http://www.prestonmp.co.uk/.

Robert Jenrick MP (Vice-Chair) – Education & Culture

Robert is MP for Newark and was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove. He has also served as PPS to the Parliamentary-under-Secretary for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd, and to Employment Minister Esther McVey, as well as serving on the Health Select Committee. Robert qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and practised business law with leading international law firms Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell in London and Moscow. Immediately prior to being elected to parliament in 2014, he was also a Director of Christie’s art business. See also http://www.robertjenrick.com/.

Jeremy Lefroy MP (Vice-Chair) – Locality Partnerships

Jeremy is MP for Stafford, member of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee, and member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights which considered human rights issues in the UK. In the past he has also served on the Health and Social Care Bill Committee. Jeremy is also Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF. Prior to his Parliamentary career, Jeremy and his family lived in Tanzania where he worked in the coffee industry. On returning to the UK, he worked assisting smallholder farmers in East Africa, until his election to Parliament in 2010. Before his election Jeremy served on the Independent Monitoring Board of a Young Offenders Institution and as a school governor, and in 2010 he helped to establish the charity Stafford Works, which promotes apprenticeships, job creation and entrepreneurship in Stafford constituency. See also https://www.jeremylefroy.org.uk/.

Chris Leslie MP (Vice-Chair) – Financial Services: Regulation & Stability

Chris is MP for Nottingham East, and former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Chris was a Councillor on Bradford Council (1994-98), before his election in 1998 as MP for Shipley, a seat which he held until 2005. In Parliament Chris has served as a Minister in the Cabinet Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Chris has also served as Director at the New Local Government Network, and was a trustee of a national debt advice charity, CCCS (Consumer Credit Counselling Services). See also http://www.chrisleslie.org/.

Angus MacNeil MP (Vice-Chair)

Angus is MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar and the Scottish National Party (SNP) Spokesperson for Transport and the Westminster portfolio. He has also served as SNP Spokesperson for Environment (2005-07), Fishing (2005-10), Food and Rural Affairs (2005-10), Work and Pensions (2007-08), Tourism (2005-15), the Scotland Office (2008-15), and the Deputy Prime Minister’s Portfolio (2013-15). See also http://www.snp.org/people/angus-macneil.

Alan Mak MP (Vice-Chair for Young People)

Alan is MP for Havant, elected in May 2015 and succeeding The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts. He is the first MP of British-Chinese heritage. Alan is a member of the House of Commons Procedure Select Committee, and served on the 2015 and 2016 Finance Bill Committees. He actively supports a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups including as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, and as on Officer for the APPG for Hampshire, the APPG for Wholesale Financial Markets & Services, the APPG for Small Business, the British-American Parliamentary Group, the APPG on Poverty, and the APPG for the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and completed a year’s “work experience” with the Royal Navy alongside his MP duties. Prior to his Parliamentary career, he read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. He was born and grew up in York, where his parents started and ran a family business for over 20 years. See also https://www.alanmak.org.uk/.

Jason McCartney MP (Vice-Chair) – Science & Technology

Jason is MP for Colne Valley. He serves on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and previously served on the Transport Select Committee and the 1922 Executive Committee. He is also on the UK Delegation for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and NATO Defence and Security Committee. Jason is President of the Huddersfield RAF Association, and is an officer of several All Party Parliamentary Groups. See also http://www.jasonmccartney.com/.

Madeleine Moon MP (Vice-Chair) – Human Rights & Gender Issues

Madeleine is MP for Bridgend. She was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Jim Knight as Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (2007-08) and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath as Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change (2009-10). She sat on the Defence Select Committee until the 2015 General Election. See also http://www.madeleinemoonmp.com/.

Will Quince MP (Vice-Chair) – Transport

Will is MP for Colchester and member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport. He has served as Borough Councillor on Colchester Borough Council since 2011. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament Will worked as a solicitor specialising in property. He holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of the West of England in Bristol. Will also has commercial experience working for Britvic Soft Drinks and Concur Technologies. See also http://www.will4colchester.org.uk/.

Geoffrey Robinson MP (Vice-Chair) – Industry

Geoffrey is MP for Coventry North West and former Paymaster General. Geoffrey has served on the House of Commons Trade & Industry Select Committee, as well as Shadow Spokesperson for Trade & Industry and Shadow Spokesperson for Science. He is currently a member of the Labour Party Departmental Committee for the Treasury. Prior to his Parliament career, Geoffrey was Chairman of Jaguar Cars, and owned the UK weekly political magazine, the New Statesman.

Julian Sturdy MP (Vice-Chair) – Agriculture

Julian is MP for York Outer. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Simon Burns as Minister of State, Department for Transport (2012-2013), and Brandon Lewis as Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (2014-2015). Prior to his election as York Outer’s MP in 2010, Julian was a working farmer in York. See also http://www.juliansturdy.co.uk/.

Michelle Thomson MP (Vice-Chair) – Trade

Michelle is MP for Edinburgh West. She is a member of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. Prior to becoming an MP, Michelle worked initially as a professional musician, before beginning a career in Financial Services for Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland for over 23 years, in a variety of senior roles delivering IT and business change.

Yvonne Fovargue MP (Vice-Chair) – Consumer Economy

Yvonne is MP for Makerfield in Greater Manchester. She was Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Science in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and is also a former Shadow Minister for Transport, for the Armed Forces, as well as a former Opposition Whip. Yvonne is a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Procedure and formerly a member of the Select Committee on Health. She is Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Personal Finance & Debt. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament she served as a local Councillor on Warrington Borough Council from 2004, and her political interests include employment law, health, and legal aid. See also http://yvonnefovargue.blogspot.co.uk/.

Catherine West MP (Vice-Chair) – Chinese Diaspora

Catherine was elected as MP for Hornsey and Wood Green in 2015. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party, Catherine was appointed Shadow Minister for Asia in the Foreign Office. Prior to her parliamentary career, Catherine was the Leader of Islington Council where she introduced the Living Wage for the lowest paid in the borough, and was the first woman to Chair the Transport and Environment Committee for London Councils. Before running Islington Council, Catherine completed her Masters degree in Chinese Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and has worked in teaching, social work and publishing. Catherine speaks French, German, Italian, and conversational Mandarin. See also http://www.catherinewest.org.uk/.