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Charles Barwell with David Charles Barwell OBE was President of the National Conservative Convention in 2010 serving on the Party's Board from 2007 to 2011. He chaired the committee that brought the Conservative Party conferences to Birmingham and was chairman of the 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 served as chairman of the Party's Finance and Audit Committee until 2015. 

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 five 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. I joined so many volunteers in sharing the relief, elation and responsibility of David Cameron's election as Prime Minister in 2015 at the head of a majority Conservative 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 campaigns.

In 2016 I was asked by Andy Street, the former MD of Britain's favourite retailer John Lewis, to be chairman of his campaign for election as the first Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. This is such a key role in providing credible leadership for our towns cities and the whole region. The West Midlands has a proud history and a great future, and we need a Mayor who can lead the renewal of our region as we prepare to exit the European Union. We have managed the most professional campaign that the West Midlands has seen, one that will leave a real legacy for connecting with all the people who make this place their home.

In business, for 23 years I have managed investments and lending for a cross-section of individuals, businesses, charities and pension schemes for the investment management division of Barclays Bank. I have sought to apply the efficiency, loyalty and customer service that I see in my business to my political life. 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.

Following the Referendum in 2016 I was an early and strong supporter of Theresa May's campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party. The leadership that she provides as Britain prepares to exit the European Union is so impressive, and it is critical that she gains a strong Conservative majority in the House of Commons so that she has a mandate to negotiate the best possible outcome for Britain as our country takes its place in a new more global economy."   

Above all, as President of the National Convention it was my aim to bring real down to earth 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 then the Conservatives biggest and best ever conference.

I have a record of service in the West Midlands. For ten years I was an elected voluntary Trustee of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra the last four of which were as deputy chairman. I helped oversee the £9 million budget, and was one of the panel who recruited the CBSO's principal conductor and music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. 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 am chairman of the governors at Bilton Grange School in Dunchurch Warwickshire, a wonderful school where children are encouraged to be inquisitive and fulfilled in every aspect of life.

My wife Juliet is a pianist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and we have two young sons.

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Charles Barwell