|Charles Barwell, 44, was President of the National Conservative Convention in 2010 serving on the Party's Board from 2007 to 2011. He chaired the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham in October 2010. Charles was first elected as one of three Vice-Presidents of the National Conservative Convention in March 2007, and completed his term as President in March 2011. In this voluntary role he represented the grassroots members of the Party on the Party’s Board, and continues to serve as chairman of the Party's Finance and Audit Committee.
"I have served our Party for the over twenty years at every level from Polling District Captain, to Constituency Chairman, from Local Election Agent and Constituency Election Director, to Regional Deputy Chairman. It was an enormous honour for me in February 2010 when senior members of the Party elected me to be President of the National Conservative Convention, which is the Party's parliament, to represent all of us as volunteers as a member of the Party’s Board.”
"Over the past twenty years, I have met Conservatives from right across the country. I’ve been impressed by Conservative Future members, with their flair, enthusiasm and great sense of fun. I’ve worked for Councillors who deliver exceptional local services with unrecognised dedication. And I’ve felt the pain and anguish when hardworking candidates have failed to be elected. And I joined so many volunteers in sharing the relief, elation and responsibility of David Cameron's election as Prime Minister in June 2010 at the head of a coalition government. From the grassroots to the conference stage I have connected politicians with hard-working people, encouraged new people to join us, new candidates to stand and have helped to raise money to fund our campaign.
“In business, I manage investments and lending for a cross-section of individuals, businesses, charities and pension schemes, and work for the Wealth & Investment Management division of Barclays Bank. I have sought to apply the efficiency, loyalty and customer service that I see in my business to the Board of the Party. I am so proud that the hard work and efficiency of so many Conservatives from right across the country helped us to ensure that David Cameron was elected the first Conservative Prime Minister this century at the General Election in 2010.”
“Above all, as President of the National Convention it was my aim to bring real down to earth (Brummie) politics to the Board working to ensure that the whole party was ready for the General Election. I particularly enjoyed welcoming activists, supporters, parliamentarians, exhibitors and the media to the Party Conference in my home city of Birmingham in October 2010, for what was the Conservative's biggest and best conference ever."
I have a record of service in the West Midlands. Over the past seven years I have been an elected voluntary Trustee of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where I had responsibility for the orchestra's finances for six years and now serve as Deputy Chairmain. So I help oversee the £9 million budget, and was one of the panel who recruited the CBSO's principal conductor and music director, Andris Nelsons. Music and its impact on our society have always been a key part of my life, and we are so fortunate to have one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the CBSO, here in the West Midlands.
For 12 years I served as a school governor for St Paul’s RC Girl’s School in Birmingham. I have helped raise funds for several charities including St Basils’s which works with young people threatened by homelessnes. I served as an elected Governor of an educational charity, the English-Speaking Union, for ten years and have helped to raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
You can find out more about me on this website, and you can send me a message on my contacts page.