The CPF Committee

John Penrose MP


John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare, was appointed the Chairman of the CPF in September 2019. He previously served in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, as a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury, and as Minister of State to Northern Ireland.

Anna Firth

Voluntary Party Director

Anna was elected as the National Voluntary Director of the Conservative Policy Forum in April 2020. She is a Barrister, Sevenoaks District Councillor, and the Chief-Executive of the Invicta National Academy, a not-for-profit community interest company, helping children of the UK catch up on missed learning caused by covid-19. She is an advocate for the environment, health equality and social justice. She is on the Board of the Conservative Environment Network and also a Judge for the Speaker’s Trust. Prior to entering politics Anna was a healthcare Barrister for 12 years subsequently using her legal skills as a Charity Trustee for West Kent MIND and as an Academy Governor.

Peter Booth

Vice Chairman

Peter is Vice President of the National Convention. He has held many offices within the party from his time at university and over many years. He believes that the most important voluntary role is being constituency chairman because they co-ordinate members locally into an election winning team, and part of that is getting members involved in policy making through the CPF. Peter has been a constituency chairman for 7 years, first Brighton and then Cornwall.

John Hayward

CPF Manager

John has provided consistent leadership to the CPF since early 2016. With a background in science, he has “a keen understanding of the Party's grassroots” and “his clear, evidence-based analysis and quiet diplomacy transformed the CPF from a mere talking shop to an indispensable part of the Party's policy development.” John also works with politicians internationally to develop policy-based election platforms, to widen civic participation and to promote best practice in policy-making. He has twice received public awards for his “outstanding record of service and devotion to duty” and for accomplishments that “promote excellence, uphold integrity, and foster creativity.”

Katrina Sale

Head of Digital & Innovation

Katrina is the Managing Director of Venture and Victory, a digital innovation consultancy specialising in modernising political and charitable organisations. She is the Founder of anti-trolling campaign We Go High, and a Director for not-for-profit Green Skills Library. Within the party, she has served as a CWO chair, Communications Director of Conservative Progress, Deputy Director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan and Vice-Chair of Conservative Friend of the Crown. She stood as a candidate in GE2019.

The CPF Champions

Ahmereen Reza OBE

Area Leadership Champion

Ahmereen is the principle owner of AR Consultancy, advising charities and small businesses on strategy and business development, and a Non-Executive Director at the Southern Housing Group. She is the co-founder of the charity Developments in Literacy UK, which educates girls in under served areas of Pakistan and provides ESOL courses for British Multi-ethnic minority mothers of under-performing students in the UK. Ahmereen received an OBE in 2020 for her charity and interfaith work. She stood as a candidate in 2017. Ahmereen is a Director for the Conservative Friends of Pakistan and a GLA candidate.

Gareth Lyon

Area Leadership Champion

Gareth has been a borough councillor for 11 years, including being on the local cabinet, and currently serves as Chairman of his local Association where he has successfully raised the membership to record levels. Gareth has fifteen years experience working in policy roles - most of that in membership bodies in health, care, science, technology and education. Gareth believes in making sure that the Conservative Party is a strong and clear voice for Conservative values and that our policies reflect our members' beliefs and aspirations.

Lance Austen

Online Discussion Groups Champion

Lance is a lecturer in Accounting at Exeter College and an experienced teacher in Business. He worked in Business at executive level before moving on to teach the subject. Lance is a Councillor for Ivybridge in Devon and the Vice Chair of the Audit Committee on South Hams District Council. He is also the chairman of the Ivybridge branch of the Conservative Party, a member of Conservative Friends of Israel, The Conservative Education Society and was an approved candidate on the Parliamentary candidates list prior to the last election.

Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky

Virtual Programmes and Publications Champion

Neva works in the private sector and has worked in policy-making and in think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic from Brussels to Washington DC. She is currently a Fellow at Localis think tank and has been a Fellow at the Washington DC based Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has experience in transforming ideas into policy-proposals. She has drafted policy proposals and legislation as well as supported elected politicians in policy-making. Neva is a Conservative party activist. She was a parliamentary candidate in the 2019 general election and a candidate in the 2019 European Parliament election. She leads the Surrey CPF.

Penny-Anne O'Donnell

CPF Tell No 10 Champion

Penny-Anne is a District Councillor and Overview and Scrutiny Chair in Stratford Upon Avon, as well as the local CWO Chair and Deputy Chair for the Regional West Midlands. She stood in GE2019. A former Deputy Chair Political, she has introduced Connect Calling teams, vote source training and resurrected CPF. Penny-Anne ascertains that for our party to truly inspire and engage with our voters, our policies and manifesto must reach across society, and believes that both Parliament and aspirational policies must reflect our population. She is a 50:50 Parliament #AskHerToStand Director. Penny-Anne is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, running an independent clinical practice for over two decades.

Sophia Worringer

Student Champion - London

Sophia is a parliamentary researcher for Iain Duncan Smith MP. Prior to this she worked for the Centre for Social Justice authoring Family Structure Still Matters and for a Member of the House of Lords focusing on various aspects of family policy including prisoners’ families, domestic abuse policy and Family Hubs. Sophia is a proud Liverpudlian and studied History at King’s College London.

Oliver Hall

Student Champion - South East and South West

Oliver grew up across the South East and Midlands and is currently a Law student at The City Law School in London. He has been a member of the Conservative Party since 2017, and currently serves as the Deputy Chair Membership and Fundraising for his local Conservative branch in North Oxfordshire. He has a keen interest in social mobility and access to education, including having worked with Stonewall and Oxfordshire County Council on their anti-bullying policies.

Clemmie Taylor-Smith

Student Champion - Wales, NI and Scotland

Clemmie is currently studying Philosophy and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She has been a grassroots activist since she could walk and has continued this commitment through establishing the South-west Surrey Young Conservatives. From this, she has acquired skills in people management as well as coordinating social media accounts. She is currently a podcast manager at the Macmillan forum for interdisciplinary discussion. Her interests include coding, app development and she hopes to launch an app in the coming year. Clemmie is also a member of ‘The Decision Problem’ think tank.

Daniel Grice

Student Champion - East and West Midlands

Daniel was born and raised in the Black Country and is proud to have come from his humble beginnings to be where he is today, despite having severe dyslexia and autism. He has managed to not just complete an undergraduate degree in history and politics but also managed to do a Masters degree specialising in political engagement specifically for disabled people. Daniel hopes to encourage young people to freely express their conservative values, feel pride in doing so regardless of their background, and not just go with the tide of voting for left-wing political politics. Daniel also has an additional ambition to improve disabled representation within politics, a group that deserves to have people representing them and their interest.

Emma Mi

Student Champion - North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber

Emma is a junior doctor and a clinical fellow at NHS England, where she works on healthcare policy and strategy. She previously studied medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is passionate about healthcare reform, health technology and research. A dedicated Party activist, she is a Vice President of Conservative Young Women.