Barry Ginley - Deputy Chairman

Barry Ginley was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the CDG in March 2018, having been on the executive for the past eight years. He has worked on Soccer Sight and Activate access projects for the Royal National Institute of the Blind and as the V&A’s disability specialist for the past fifteen years. Barry’s political experience has seen him stand as a Borough council candidate in Maidstone and he became an Approved Parliamentary Candidate in 2013.     

Barry is a board member of the Global Disability Innovation Hub; a member of the government’s Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group; and a Trustee of the Maidstone Relief in Need charity.

In 2017, Barry gained an Masters in Business Administration MBA from Henley Business School, the first blind student to complete the programme.

See Also

Peter Hand - Chairman

Peter Hand was elected the Chairman of the CDG in March 2018 and works in partnership with the Executive and others to help make the Conservative Party even more inclusive for disabled people.

Karim Sacoor - Deputy President & Executive Member

Karim Sacoor is a former Chairman of the CDG and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is a businessman and is married with two children. His son is severely autistic, with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.

David Tiptaft CBE - Treasurer & Deputy-President

David Tiptaft CBE is a long standing Executive Member of the CDG Executive and is the Treasurer. David has held a variety of senior positions in the voluntary party. He is a Chartered Accountant and is the present principal of Tiptaft, Smith Co based in Mexborough South Yorkshire.

Michael Dunlop - Deputy-President & Executive Member

Michael Dunlop is a long serving Executive Member of CDG. He first became exhibition organiser at both national and regional conferences and raised the profile of CDG. He was elected as Deputy Chairman and then Director.

Sally Elliot - Executive Member

During the 1980s Sally founded, wrote the Constitution and secured the approval of the Charity Commissioners for AGE CONCERN FERNDOWN & DISTRICT, which is still functioning with two separate day time clubs for the elderly with lunch and entertainment.

Kay Carter - Executive Member

Kay Carter is a former Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the CDG and is a managing trustee of Wave, an organisation that creates opportunities for people with and without learning disabilities to work and socialise together.

Alison Crook - Executive Member (Membership)

Alison Crook has lived in Bedfordshire for 22 years, the last 7 of those in Bedford Town. She is married to Richard and has two children, both daughters. Alison was born to profoundly Deaf parents that used British Sign Language as their first language.

Mike Gibson - Executive Member

Mike Gibson is a public consultation specialist in public affairs. Mike has been a councillor on four local government authorities including London Borough of Hillingdon and as a cabinet member for adult social services of Bedfordshire County Council. 

John Howard - Executive Member (Communications)

John Howard has sat on the CDG Executive for around six years and in March 2018 was re-elected with responsibility for Communications. In 2018 John welcomed his first granddaughter to his family, adding to his already four grandsons.

Jeremy Driver - Executive Member

Jeremy Driver was elected to the Conservative Disability Group Executive in March 2018. A party member since 2011, Jeremy works as a Policy and Public Affairs Manager for a disability employment support provider.