Tim Montgomerie is columnist for The Times and founder of ConservativeHome with Paul Goodman and Jonathan Isaby and is widely recognised as one of the most influential Conservatives not holding a Cabinet position. He launched ConservativeHome in 2005, with the aims of championing grassroots party members and advocating a balanced, authentic conservatism.
Born into an army family in 1970, Tim spent his early years in Hampshire and Germany. He studied Economics and Geography at Exeter University before joining the Bank of England in 1992 where his responsibilities included the Russian economy and the study of systemic risk in financial systems.
With David Burrowes, Tim established the Conservative Christian Fellowship in December 1990. He was its Director for thirteen years – first in his spare time and then full-time.
From 1998-2003 he ran the Conservative Party’s outreach to faith communities and the voluntary sector. His responsibilities included writing speeches for two Conservative Party leaders, William Hague and then Iain Duncan Smith.
Tim was Iain Duncan Smith’s chief of staff for his last two months as Conservative leader and throughout 2004 helped him to establish the Centre for Social Justice.
Tim’s political hero is William Wilberforce. Tim writes: “This devout Christian stood for a great moral cause, the abolition of slavery, and brought the greatest of qualities – perseverance – to ensure he succeeded.”
Tim is a regular media pundit. His broadcast experience includes Radio 4′s Today, The Week in Westminster, The World at One, PM, The World Tonight, Any Questions?, BBC1′s Daily Politics and Ten O’clock News, BBC2′s Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Fox News and Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio programme. Tim writes for The Spectator, The National Review, Standpoint and a number of national newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Financial Times, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.
In June 2009 he launched ConservativeIntelligence.com, to provide businesses and other interested groups with information about the Conservative Party.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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