Chair: Ranil Jayawardena MP
Ranil Jayawardena is the Conservative Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, having been elected in May 2015. He was previously a local Councillor, serving as Deputy Leader of The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane until his election to Parliament.
He is proud to represent his home constituency; having grown up in Hook, Ranil went to the local schools in Hook, Odiham and Alton, after which he won a place at the London School of Economics. Ranil’s subsequent commercial experience involved working for one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions – Lloyds Banking Group plc – in the City of London. He now lives in Bramley, in the north of the constituency, with his wife Alison and little daughter Daisy.
Selected at a US-style ‘open primary’ ahead of the General Election in 2015, Ranil said: “I’m honoured to serve North East Hampshire. I grew up here, live here and care passionately about our area. We live in a great part of the country but, having served as local Councillor previously, I’ve seen that we can make our corner of Hampshire even better. With the support of local residents, that’s what I’ll seek to do in the years ahead.”
After his election, Ranil was quickly elected by fellow MPs to the Home Affairs Committee, which is responsible for examining the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies. He was also unanimously elected as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
In his spare time, Ranil likes watching cricket and tennis. He also has a strong interest in local history and spends some of his free time reading on the subject, as well as enjoying walks in the local area, shooting, board games and the occasional trip to the theatre. He remains a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA.
Vice Chair: Mike Wood MP
Mike Wood was elected as the Conservative MP for Dudley South in May 2015. Having grown up in the local area he now lives in Stourbridge with his wife and two young children.
Treasurer: Lord Shipley
Lord Shipley is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, having been introduced in July 2010.
He was Leader of Newcastle City Council until 1 September 2010, where he has been a Liberal and Liberal Democrat councillor for 34 years. He has lived and worked in Newcastle upon Tyne for over 40 years.
He was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorkshire and was educated at local schools. He graduated with BA Honours in History from University College London in 1969 (President of the Union 1968-9).
He is married to Margaret, a retired senior teacher, with two grown-up children and one grand-daughter. His interests include classical music, theatre, local history and the First World War.
He worked in brand management with Procter and Gamble Ltd on graduation.
He then joined The Open University where he worked for 34 years, retiring from the position of Regional Director for the North of England and the European Union in 2005. His responsibilities for the European Union involved the management of teaching and learning for around seven thousand EU students.
He was a member of the Executive of Universities for the North East, chairing the Academic Development Committee and being closely involved in delivery of the Aim Higher (widening participation) programme across all NE universities.
Under the Coalition Government, Lord Shipley also advised the Minister for Cities and the Ministerial Group in an unpaid capacity, bringing expert knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that exist within our cities.
Peter Aldous MP (Conservative MP for Waveney)
Jon Cruddas MP (Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham)
Chris White MP (Conservative MP for Warwick and Leamington)