Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP
Owen Paterson has been Conservative MP for North Shropshire since 1997 and has served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and was appointed a member of the Privy Council. Previously, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Owen has been at the forefront of the Brexit campaign. He was an early and strong supporter of the vote to leave the European Union, advocating for the UK to take back democratic control of our laws, borders and money. He was one of the three original MPs to found Vote Leave and is on the Steering Group of the European Research Group. He played a key role in the Referendum, in particular speaking to farming and rural communities. Several of his suggestions on Brexit have now become Government policy. More broadly, he has made key interventions on aspects of economic, energy, agriculture and environment policy.
Before his Parliamentary career, Owen was Managing Director of his family’s leather business travelling all over the world for over twenty years, increasing exports from 15 per cent of sales to 95 per cent. He is a former President of COTANCE, the European Tanners’ Confederation.
Mr Matthew Patten
Matthew Patten is a former Brexit Party MEP and has written widely in support of Brexit.
Before that, he was Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London serving under Boris Johnson; Chief Executive of the Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charity; and more recently interim Chief Executive of the children’s charity, The Martin James Foundation.
He has a background in sports and entertainment marketing and was the founding Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi Sponsorship.
Mr Graham Stringer MP
Graham Stringer has been Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton since 1997 following many years as a local leader in Manchester where he served as Leader of Manchester City Council and Chair of Manchester Airport.
He has served as Minster in the Cabinet Office and as Government Whip. Graham is currently a member of the House of Commons Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs Committees.
Graham has long been a strong supporter of Brexit and was a Director of both Vote Leave and Labour Leave.
He received a degree in Chemistry from Sheffield University and ran an analytical laboratory in the plastics industry for 10 years.
Rt Hon Sammy Wilson MP
Sammy Wilson has been the DUP MP for East Antrim since 2005, having previously served as the Member for Belfast East in the Northern Irish Legislative Assembly and for East Antrim, Lord Mayor of Belfast, and in the Northern Ireland Executive as Minister of Finance and Personnel and Minister of the Environment.
He campaigned vigorously for Brexit, serving as the DUP spokesman for Brexit and is a supporter of Leave Means Leave.
Sammy studied Economics and Politics at both Queen’s University of Belfast and Stranmillis University College and began his career in teaching, becoming Head of Economics at Grosvenor Grammar School and serving as Assistant Chief Examiner for A-Level Economics for the CCEA exam board in Northern Ireland.
Mr John Longworth
Originally a scientist, John Longworth is an entrepreneur and businessman who has been engaged in business on every continent. He also has worked extensively with government and on public policy issues.
He was Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce from which he resigned in 2016 in order to sit on the Vote Leave Campaign Committee and lead its Business Council. Following the Referendum, he became Chairman of Leave Means Leave, as well as serving as an Advisor to Economists for Free Trade. He also served briefly as a Brexit Party MEP in the European Parliament.
John has extensive company and public body board experience, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the IEA. He is a well-known media figure and a regular contributor to the press on Brexit-related issues.
Mr Edgar Miller
Edgar began his career in the semiconductor industry working as an electronics engineer at Texas Instruments and Fairchild Semiconductor in Silicon Valley. He subsequently became a partner in McKinsey & Company, leaving to become a founding general partner in Dillon Read’s first private equity fund, a field in which he continues to participate, as well as teach as a visiting professor at Cass Business School.
He was a founding member of Economists for Free Trade where he continues to serve as its Convener and, since the Referendum, he has been active in working to influence government Brexit policy.
Mr Nick Wood
Nick is Chairman of Media Intelligence Partners, a leading public relations and public affairs firm based in Westminster, which he set up in 2004. He has worked for leading politicians, political campaigns and prominent think-tanks and corporations.
He has been prominent in the campaign for Brexit advising Leave Means Leave, Economists for Free Trade, and influential politicians. Previously, Nick helped establish the think tank, Centre for Social Justice.
Nick was formerly press secretary to Conservative leaders William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith and spent 25 years in journalism, mainly as Chief Political Correspondent of The Times and Political Editor of the Daily Express.
Mr Matthew Walsh
Matt is the Chief Executive Officer at Media Intelligence Partners. He provides UK and European strategic communications advice to politicians, campaigns and major international corporations.
Matt has experience of working within The Council of Europe, the European Union, and the UK Parliament.
After spending a number of years working in the UK Parliament as a Senior Advisor focusing extensively on international affairs issues, he moved to one of the largest global independent communications consultancies to advise heads-of-state, ambassadors, CEOs and senior international politicians on international affairs, political and economic issues.
Matt has worked with many of the Brexit campaign organisations before, during and after the EU referendum in 2016.