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About Christina

Christina has been working in British politics for many years. Her career has taken in many different aspects of the Conservative Party. Starting in politics, Christina worked in the Conservative Research Department spending 6 years there and progressing to being a Special Adviser on health issues. During a maternity break Christina ran her own business, offering political writing and speech preparation. She also ran the Conservative Medical Society for 7 years, gaining extensive experience of the voluntary sector of the Party.

Moving back into Central Office in 1998 and reporting directly to the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, then Deputy Leader of the Party, she directed the “Listening to Britain” project which was a major public relations and development exercise for the Conservative Party.

Christina remained in Central Office to become the first Head of the new Development Department. Later becoming Director of the expanded Development and Candidates Department she is credited with introducing two innovative projects – the introduction of professional and cutting edge techniques into assessment for the candidates’ list and the development of the then Cultural Unit into a sustained outreach programme. The common aim to both projects was the sourcing and introduction of greater diversity into the Conservative Parliamentary Candidates’ List. Her work laid the foundation for David Cameron’s insistence on greater diversity in Parliamentary selection.

Christina was instrumental in founding the Conservative Muslim Forum believing it is important to give a voice to Muslims in the Conservative Party.

In 2003, on leaving CCO, Christina became adviser to the Shadow Attorney General, Dominic Grieve MP, continuing her developing interest in community cohesion. At his time she re-trained in order to professionally assess people on their skills and personality profiles. Spotted by the Leadership Centre for Local Government she started work as its Political Director (Conservative) where she joined Joe Simpson to work on his ground breaking Civic Pride project.  She is now in her sixth year of directing the Conservative Next Generation Leadership programme for leading Conservative councillors. In addition she became a Leadership Adviser and has since worked in a number of first-tier councils with their top teams, helping them understand the need for good political leadership.

Latterly, Christina has been encouraged by the Leadership Centre to expand her knowledge further by training as a coach in political leadership.  Christina has qualified with a Tavistock Institute certificate in political coaching.  This was a pioneering course which sought to bring together the discipline of coaching and the needs of a political environment.

Coaching is particularly satisfying for Christina as it combines her thorough knowledge of Conservative Party politics, her assessment training and her intellectual curiosity as to what constitutes good political leadership.  She firmly believes that as the responsibilities and scope of governing become more complicated and global, that politicians need to take their professional development as seriously as those in comparative professions.  She is proud to be in the vanguard of what is a rapidly evolving interest.

Christina succeeded Domininc Raab, now MP for Esher and Walton, as Chief of Staff to Dominic Grieve QC MP then Shadow Justice Secretary.  When Dominic Grieve became Attorney General in the 2010  Coalition Government Christina became his Senior Adviser, based in Parliament.

Christina is an Associate of the Institute for Government and she has been appointed an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Performance at Work, Department of Psychology, City University London. In June 2011, Christina became a trustee of the Revolving Doors Agency, a charity working to stop the revolving door of crisis and crime.

Christina has recently joined a fact finding trip to Egypt as a guest of the Conservative Arab Network.

Christina has a particular interest and affection for India and was Special Adviser to the Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India for a number of years, enjoying a mutually supportive relationship with the Indian High Commission in London.