Michelle Lowe - Executive Member (Policy)

Michelle joined the CDG's Executive in March 2020 and is the lead for Policy issues and development. She is particularly interested in widening opportunities in society for disabled people. Michelle first became aware of the challenges disabled people face from the experiences of her mum who has an invisible disability.

Michelle is also the former Cabinet Member for Housing and Health at Sevenoaks District Council and served on the Council for many years, including as the Deputy Leader. During her time as a District Councillor she worked to make the area more accessible for disabled people and their families and carers. 

In the 2017 General Election she stood as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Coventry South constituency, and in 2015 in the Coventry North East constituency.   

Follow Michelle on on Twitter: @MichelleLowe14

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Andrews BCA - Executive Member

Jonathan is a trustee of national autism charity Ambitious about Autism, which runs Treehouse school and other autism-friendly schools, while holding down a job as a trainee solicitor.

Wayne Henderson

Wayne is a through-hip amputee since the age of 16. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Disability Group, Trustee of the Limbless Association and Chair of the Orthotics Panel for the Polio Foundation. He and his wife have two children and he works with the Internet of Things.