James Clark – Executive Director and co-founder
James co-founded Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces in 2019. He served from 2009 – 2015 as a Regular Infantry Officer in the Mercian Regiment. He conducted two tours of Afghanistan (one of which was featured in BBC Our War). Since leaving the Regular Army James has been a Reserve Officer with the London Regiment.
James worked in Parliament and and CCHQ prior to his military career. In 2016 he was elected Lewisham & Deptford Conservative Association Chairman and stood for local council twice.In 2017 and again in 2019 he stood as the Conservative Candidate in Islington North against Jeremy Corbyn.
Ed McGuinness – Operations Lead
Ed was selected to attend the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into the Artillery in 2012 deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Following his military service Ed became active in Conservative Party politics and in February 2019 was elected Chairman of Islington Conservatives and selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hornsey & Wood Green at the 2019 General Election . Ed now lives in Wandsworth, is President of Conservatives in the City, Head of Events at Conservative Progress and co-Chairman of the International Cultural Youth Exchange – UK charity.
William Hall – Policy Lead
William Hall is Deputy Chairman of South Oxfordshire Conservatives and a former Councillor. His career has included working for businesses and charities on large, complex infrastructure projects; defence issues; and education policy. William has appeared on numerous media outlets including the Daily Politics, a live interview with Huw Edwards, Sky News and BBC Radio.
Lewis Feilder – Strategy Lead
Lewis works as a management consultant in defence and national security. He has worked as a strategic adviser to the Armed Forces for a decade and is passionate about the security of our country. He was Deputy Chairman of Cheltenham Conservatives and has stood for election to borough and county councils. Lewis is on the parliamentary candidates’ list and is one of the party’s Treasurer’s Ambassadors. He grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London.
Nic Clark – Co-Founder
Nic joined the Army Reserve in 2011 and continues to serve in the Honourable Artillery Company as an officer. In 2014 he served in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic (Op Gritrock).
Nic has been active in the Conservative Party since 2009. He worked in Parliament and CCHQ from 2009 to 2013 whilst also undertaking the role of London CF Chairman. He stood for local council in 2010. Nic was Vice Chairman of the Islington Federation 2015-2016 and was seconded to No 10 during the 2017 General Election. He co-founded Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces in 2019.
He has previously worked with a number of military charities, now works for defence company Saab
With huge thanks to Alice Hopkin, Dr Rabinder Sohil, Tony Heath and all of the other supporters, donors and friends who have helped the organisation on its journey.