President - Lord Howard of Lympne

alignleft Former Conservative Party Leader, Michael is President of CFID. As leader Michael committed the Party to increasing aid and proposed an advocacy fund the poorest countries.

Founder - Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

alignleft CFID founder and former chair, Anne is a Member of the House of Lords, Patron of Restless Development and advisory board member of the Global Poverty Project. Anne is also a Unicef UK board member.

Chair - Jeremy Lefroy MP

alignleft MP for Stafford, Jeremy founded equity for Africa ( which provides equity-type funding for small businesses. Jeremy also serves on the International Development Selected Committee.

Vice-Chair - Neil Mahapatra

Alumni of Project Umubano, Neil is the managing partner at Kingsley Capital Partners.

DIRECTOR - Caroline Squire

Caroline took over as Director in August 2017. A freelance communications consultant by trade she has previously worked for the UK's DFI, CDC. With a joint MA from SOAS/KCL in Global Development, she started her working life with the then Shadow International Development team in parliament. She has volunteered with a range of organisations ranging from Global Witness to biodiversity projects in Africa. She stood as a Conservative Candidate during the last General Election.

Treasurer - Simon Nayyar

alignleft Simon is CFID's treasurer. Simon has been an active member of Project Umubano and was 2015 Conservative Party candidate in Hackney.

Former Chair- Sir Desmond Swayne MP

The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD served as Minister of State at the Department for International Development from 2014 until 2016. Before this appointment he served as a Government Whip. Desmond was elected Conservative MP for New Forest West, in Hampshire, in 1997.

Former Chair - Lord Bates

alignleft Michael took over as CFID chair in October 2016. He is a Member of the House of Lords and was previously an MP. He is passionate about international development and has undertaken several walks raising significant funds for charities including Unicef, Save the Children and the International Red Cross.

Former Chair - Amanda Solloway

alignleft Amanda is the former MP for Derby North, elected in May 2015, was CFID chair from 2015-16. She has been PPS to the Department for International Development. Amanda is passionate about international development and took part in Project Umubano 2011.


CFID is fortunate to have the input and support of a number of key individuals who contribute ideas, support and energy to the CFID project including Alexander Woollcoombe, Fiona Melville, Resham Kotecha, and Richard Allen.

If you want to get in touch with any member of the team head to our contact page for more info!