Conservative Friends of the Chinese is a member-led organisation that aims to build long term support from British Chinese Communities through our active outreach and engagement programmes to further the Party’s commitment to inclusivity. We do so by helping to fill the Party's diversity pipeline and address the shortage of political representation in local and national politics by championing potential British Chinese leaders.
Conservative Friends of the Chinese are also strong advocates for sustainable and workable business relations between China and Britain.
Our vision is for the Conservative Friends of the Chinese to become the voice of the British Chinese communities within the Conservative Party and to increase local and national political representation within it.
The current 2019 / 2020 Conservative Friends of the Chinese Executive Board:
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Parliamentary Chairman)
Sheela Mackintosh-Stewart (Chairman)
Lady Xuelin Bates
Cllr. Jackson Ng
Cllr. Xingang Wang
Christine Yau MBE
The Chairmen of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese and its Board are supported by its Director together with a network of volunteers and supporters.
The Co-Directors of the Group are currently Johnny Luk and Leona Leong.
Johnny, based in London, has been part of the CFOC community since the start and is hugely passionate about the Chinese diaspora in the UK and beyond. He was a former Senior Policy Advisor in the Department for Exiting the European Union, and has experience working in several UK Government Departments in Trade, Business and Tech, as well as running a million-pound turnover charity for two years. He is a Governor for a South England university and been an Approved Parliamentary Candidate since 2017. In his day job, he is currently the Head of Policy and Strategy for a global Fortune 500 company.
Leona, based in Birmingham, contested in the 2018 local elections in Birmingham, gaining over a thousand votes in a previously Labour stronghold, displaying formidable campaigning prowess. Leona is a successful businesswoman, including as a Marketing Director for a travel and finance company and as a Principle of a non-profit community school for Chinese and English languages. She has won numerous community awards and was shortlisted for the Woman Volunteer of the Year. She is currently Vice Chair of the Birmingham Conservative Steering Group and is in the advisory group for the West Midlands Police in business and community.