Meet the CMEC team

Honorary President - The Rt Hon. the Lord Soames of Fletching

Lord (formerly Sir Nicholas) Soames has vast experience of the Middle East. He was elected as the President of the Conservative Middle East Council in 2007 and previously served as Chairman from 1997 to 2003.

He began his career in the Army, where he served with the 11th Hussars. Upon leaving the Army, he worked as Equerry to the Prince of Wales, as a stockbroker, as personal assistant to Sir James Goldsmith and the then Senator Mark Hatfield. He left his service in 1978 and went on to become a Director at Lloyds Brokers and then Assistant Director at the Sedgwick Group.

Lord Soames served as an MP without interruption between 1983 and 2019, representing first Crawley, and then Mid Sussex. His Parliamentary career saw him serve as Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as Minister of State for the Armed Forces and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.

Managing Director - Charlotte Leslie

Former Conservative MP, Charlotte Leslie, is Managing Director of CMEC.

Charlotte served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bristol North West from 2010 - 2017.  She specialised in education, health, and the Middle East. She was chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Saudi Arabia, and was awarded the Spectator's "Backbencher of the Year" award.

Prior to entering politics, Charlotte worked in television production at the BBC, and for the think tank "Policy Exchange". She studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She is a regular contributor to national newspapers and television.

Head of Operations - Marc Morrison

Marc is Head of Operations at CMEC. He holds an MA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has a special interest in Middle East Affairs, having written about and travelled widely around the region. Marc previously worked as a senior parliamentary advisor.