Category Archives: Biographies

Director – Nigel Parker

Nigel Parker

Nigel has been the Catholic Union Director since March 2017.

For most of his career he was an employed barrister at the FCO, advising on international, EU and English law. He has extensive experience of briefing ministers and negotiating with the UN, EU, CoE, and OSCE. He has been responsible for primary and secondary legislation and understands the Parliamentary process.

He has good contacts with many NGOs such as ACN, SPUC and the APPG on Religious Freedom and has participated in training and conferences of NGOs working actively on pro-life and pro-family issues.

Vice Chairman – James Bogle

JAMES BOGLE is a barrister practising in the Inner Temple, London, where he is Deputy Head of Chambers. He also writes and broadcasts on historical and constitutional themes in the UK and the USA, as well as on legal and human rights issues. Baptised at St George’s Church, Penang, Malaya, he was educated in Australia and, at University, he converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism. Following University, he entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Hussars. After the Army he read for the Bar and now practises in commercial, property, medical, private international law, and arbitration, and has appeared in high profile cases such as the Dianne Pretty euthanasia case. He has been a lecturer in medical law at St George’s Hospital Medical school and a tutor in advocacy at the Middle Temple. He was for many years Chairman of the Catholic Union and is now Vice-Chairman. He is also President of the International Una Voce Federation, Chairman of the UK Catholic Forum, a director of EWTN (UK), a lay trustee of Farnborough Abbey, and a Knight of Malta. He is married to well-known Catholic author, Joanna Bogle, and co-authored a biography of the recently beatified Habsburg, Blessed Charles I of Austria. He has a special interest in the issue of religious freedom in the modern world.

 

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Chairman – Outreach Committee – Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Peter Williams is a Council Member and heads up the Outreach Committee.

Peter D. Williams is a ‘revert’ from atheism – via dissenting liberalism – to orthodox Catholicism, and a speaker for Catholic Voices, a media speakers bureau that argues the Church’s case in the public square, and that the Catholic Union helped to set up in 2010. He also campaigns for the UK’s premier pro-life political lobby group, Right To Life (RTL), a secular pluralist organisation that campaigns on humanist and feminist principles, and using evidence-based argumentation, for the human right to life. RTL tackles issues affecting the most vulnerable people inside and outside the U.K., including assisted death and euthanasia, abortion and embryo-destructive stem cell research, and population control.

Chairman of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee – Nigel Parker

Chairman of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee (PPAC)

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Nigel Parker

The PPAC follows the day to day business of Parliament and meets regularly. It communicates with mainly Catholic peers and MPs. It is the principal interface with Parliament where the Union seeks to be a Catholic voice.

I joined the CUGB in 2009 and the Council and PPAC in 2015. I organise the Craigmyle Lecture, produce a regular Events Briefing and have written policy papers on refugees and the ECHR.

For most of my career I was an employed barrister at the FCO, advising on international, EU and English law. I have extensive experience of briefing ministers and negotiating with the UN, EU, CoE, and OSCE. I have been responsible for primary and secondary legislation and understand the Parliamentary process.

I have good contacts with many NGOs such as ACN, SPUC and the APPG on Religious Freedom and have participated in training and conferences of NGOs working actively on pro-life and pro-family issues.

I hope to engage all members of the PPAC so as to increase our impact and ensure that the Catholic Union’s voice is heard in all major policy debates.

President – Sir Edward Leigh MP

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Edward Leigh was born in London in 1950. He was educated at St Philips School, London, the Oratory School, Berkshire, and the Lycée Français in London. He studied History at Durham University, where he was president of the Durham Union Society.

He is the younger son of Sir Neville Leigh KCVO, former clerk to the Privy Council. He is married, with three daughters and three sons.

Edward is a qualified barrister and a member of the Inner Temple, and practised in arbitration and criminal law for Goldsmiths Chambers. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Edward was a member of the Richmond Borough Council and, from 1974 until 1981, the Greater London Council.

Mr. Leigh worked in the private office of Mrs. Thatcher from 1976–77 as private secretary in charge of her correspondence as Leader of the Opposition.

He fought Teesside Middlesborough in the October 1974 General Election. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Gainsborough & Horncastle in the July 1983 General Election.

He was Joint Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee and the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee from 1983-85.

Edward was Chairman of the National Council for Civil Defence and was Director of the Coalition for Peace Through Security, until early 1985.

From 1990-1993, Mr. Leigh was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Trade and Industry. Prior to that he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Home Office.

In May 1997 he was elected Member of Parliament for the new seat of Gainsborough, with a majority of 6,826. After hovering around 8,000 in the 2001 & 2005 elections, his majority rose to 10,559 in the general election of 2010.

Edward Leigh is a former member of the Social Security Select Committee and was Joint Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Between 2001 and 2010 he was Chairman of the influential Public Accounts Committee — a role he relinquished after serving the maximum term. He has served as an Independent Financial Advisor to the Treasury and serves on the Treasury’s Financial Reporting & Advisory Board.