Committee 2014-5

President – Tom Pike

DSC_0070 (1)Tom is a third-year Political Science student, and BUCF’s 2014-5 President.

Tom joined the party in 2011, after developing an interest in politics during his sixth-form. Influenced by the ideas of his local MP Steve Baker and MEP Daniel Hannan, Tom describes himself as a devout Libertarian-Conservative.  A former Youth Parliamentarian, Tom also co-chairs Wycombe Conservative Future, and is hoping to become a Wycombe District Councillor in 2015. He has previously written articles for the ConservativeCompanion and Conservatives for Liberty blogs.

In his spare moments, Tom enjoys creative writing and fiction-reading, and casually clambering over Welsh mountains at weekends. After university, he hopes to become a teacher and author, and train to become an officer in the Army Reserve.

 Vice President – Joe Gerrard

Joe GerrardA third-year History student, Joe is BUCF’s incumbent Vice-President.

Joe joined the party in 2011, after becoming increasingly politically aware and keen to develop his personal philosophy. Three years on, Joe is a proud Liberal-Conservative, and identifies closely with the ideas of the theorist Edmund Burke. His views have previously appeared on the BUCF and Conservatives for Liberty blogs, and he is active in his local Wakefield association.

When not at work, Joe is a guitarist and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. He is currently considering a career in law.

Treasurer – Ben Callaghan

DSC_0071Ben is BUCF’s Treasurer, and currently a second-year Political Science student.

Both a Neo-conservative and Neo-liberal, Ben believes stirringly in the power of the free-market and ‘hawkish’ foreign policy solutions. A supporter of the party since 2010, Ben wanted to take an active role in grassroots politics and chose to join Conservative Future as a fresher last year.

When not managing the BUCF treasure chest, Ben enjoys following US politics, playing the cornet in the UoB Brass Band, and the occasional game of golf.

Secretary – Sam Burman

DSC_0066A second-year Mathematical Economics & Statistics student, Sam is the BUCF Secretary. He’s responsible for all various paperwork and room-bookings which the society’s activities generate.

Sam self identifies as a Classical Liberal/Liberal-Conservative and takes a keen interest in the Austrian School of Economics. He joined the party in 2013, after working in his local association, and becoming interested in neo-liberal economic theory. Sam believes that the impact of politics on our lives today and tomorrow makes it vital to take an active role now.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing chess, and analysing statistics. He’s a close follower of the developing Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, and likes to explore the statistics behind global changes today.

Media & Publicity Officer – George Reeves

DSC_0067George is BUCF’s Media & Publicity Officer, and is responsible for maintaining the strong BUCF social media brand. He is currently a second-year Political Science student.

Having joined the party last year, George is known across campus for his staunchly Neoconservative and pro-US foreign policy views (which can regularly be found in the Guild of Student’s newspaper Redbrick). He closely follows US politics, and is (somewhat unsurprisingly…) a supporter of the Republican Party.

In his spare time, Georges writes on both his personal blog and the BUCF blog, and is an active member of his Anglican church. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Campaigning Secretary – Simon Robins

DSC_0073A second-year History student, Simon is BUCF’s Campaigning Officer in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

Simon joined the party in 2011, as a strong advocate for minimal-government, and the power of the individual. He closely follows US politics, and enjoys good political debates.

While campaigning and studying on weekdays, Simon can be regularly found charging across military training areas at weekends. An active member of the Birmingham University Officer Training Corps, Simon hopes to join the British Army after university.

Social Secretary – Carmel Greenwood

Carmel GreenwoodA third-year Materials & Engineering student, Carmel is BUCF’s incumbent Social Secretary.

Carmel joined the party in 2013, after concluding that the Conservatives are the only party which can deliver the firm austerity measures which our economy desperately needs. She describes herself as a Classical Liberal, committed to defending our political and economic freedom, and a soft Eurosceptic, keen to see considerable change to Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

Outside of BUCF, Carmel enjoys cycling, and is an enthusiastic chef of Southeast Asian and her native Thai cuisine. She hopes to pursue a career in finance in Asia.

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