The CANZUK International Team

Executive Board of Directors

James Skinner
Founder & Chief Executive of CANZUK International

James is the Founder and Chief Executive of CANZUK International. Born in South Wales in the UK, James was educated at Kent School in Connecticut, USA before attending Cardiff University in Wales to study Law and Politics. He soon worked extensively within governments around the world, including the US Congressional Office in Florida, the Australian Senate in Canberra and the Houses of Parliament in London, UK. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and has spoken internationally about the CANZUK initiative.
John Bender
Chairman of CANZUK International

John serves as Chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings Ltd., an investment office associated with one of the founding families of a FTSE 100 publishing concern. Between 1988 and 2001, John worked at Morgan Stanley, Barings and Coutts. He served as special adviser to The Prince of Wales’s charities office between 2004 and 2014 as well as councillor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea between 1990 and 1994. Between 1993 and 2005, John acted as chairman of a Conservative Party discussion group for the business community and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.
Nigel Greenwood
Director of CANZUK International

Nigel is an Australian political writer and former senior analyst in the Australian Government. In the 1990s he wrote a civil libertarian defence of the Crown in the Westminster system, arguing against the Australian republican initiative. The book was subsequently endorsed by eminent judicial figures including the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the former President of the Law Council of Australia. Nigel subsequently was a delegate to the Gladstone Constitutional Convention in June 1999 and campaigned against the republic in the 1999 referendum.


Advisory Board

Sir Michael Craig-Cooper
Member of the Advisory Board

Sir Michael served as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and has a distinguished career serving as a board member of the National Bank of Kuwait. He is a former director of the Westminster Forum and also serves as Honourary Secretary for the Pilgrims Society; a British-American affiliation promoting relations between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Derrick Gosselin
Special Adviser For Brexit & EU Affairs

Derrick is a Belgian engineer and economist with deep links to EU institutions. He is currently Professor of international management and strategy at Ghent University and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford (Green Templeton College, Oxford Martin School). He is also Chairman of the European Corporate Security Association and Vice Chairman of NATO’s Von Karman Institute. He is former cabinet office secretary of the Flemish Prime Minister, former Chairman of the Belgian Advisers on Foreign Trade to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Chairman of the Euro-ASEAN commission of UNICE.
Dominic Johnson
Member of the Advisory Board

Dominic is a founding partner and Chief Executive of Somerset Capital Management. Prior to starting Somerset Capital, he was director of marketing at Lloyd George Management and previously at Robert Fleming and Jardine Fleming in Hong Kong. In 2009 he was appointed associate treasurer of the Conservative Party, chairing the Party’s Business and Entrepreneur’s forum and in 2016 was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for business engagement and the Party’s finances. He graduated from Durham University in 1995.
Andrew Lilico
Senior Economics Adviser

Andrew is a Principal at Europe Economics, a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Chairman of the IEA Monetary Policy Committee and was Chairman of Economists for Britain at Vote Leave during the 2016 EU Referendum. At Europe Economics, he has worked extensively on major finance and regulatory questions, including for clients such as the European Commission, UK government departments and industry associations. He is a frequent contributor in the UK and international media on economic and financial matters, including on programmes such as Newsnight, the Today Programme, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Noel Cox
Member of the Advisory Board

Noel is a Barrister and an Anglican Priest in New Zealand. He was formerly Professor of Law and was Head of Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. His major field of research interest is aspects of the Crown, State, and sovereignty. His work has been published in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He has presented conference papers in many countries, and been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Wolfson and St Edmund’s Colleges) and The Australian National University. He is the author of 14 books and 150 other works.


Team Members

Michelle Knight
International Communications Adviser

Michelle is a senior copywriter and communications specialist, having worked for some of the world’s top companies including SAP, Telus, Vodafone and Sony. Originally from South Africa, she moved to Ireland where she served as a communications manager for a leading government initiative, and now resides in Toronto, Canada.
Brent Cameron
Government Relations Adviser

Brent is a Senior Advisor with Concierge Strategies in Ontario, Canada and the author of “The Case for Commonwealth Free Trade: Options for a new globalization”. He is a Councillor and former Deputy Mayor of Central Frontenac in Ontario and has served in numerous political and research roles including Nanos Research and Commonwealth Advantage.
David Baker
Senior Communications Adviser for Australia

Originally from Canada, David is a history lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He teaches and researches world history and science/humanities. David has also contributed to the curriculum funded by Bill Gates Catalyst 3 (bgC3), and is the writer of a crash course series seen by several million people. He has co-edited scholarly collections, and has published numerous academic works on broad trends in world history and interdisciplinarity.
Joshua Thomson
Senior Associate for Eastern Canada

Joshua has been a part of CANZUK International since its founding in 2015. He resides in his hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick on Canada’s East Coast and works for the Provincial Government. He has touched down in all of the CANZUK countries, having traveled to Australia and the UK and lived in New Zealand. Throughout his studies, he has specialized in communications and is an active volunteer in the historical field in Saint John. A published writer and public presenter, Joshua has great interest in the Commonwealth and the future developments of a CANZUK initiative as part of pro-Commonwealth public policy.
Rola Kamaleddine
Communications and Public Relations Officer

Rola is a Canadian public relations specialist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. In 2015, she moved to London, England where she worked in the press office of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. She is a contributor for Huffpost UK and has extensive experience in communications, external affairs and immigration permits/visas.
Deborah Wong
Project Specialist

Deborah is a trained professional paralegal with over 10 years of project based experience in professional and volunteer roles. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, she specializes in resource management, website management, research and stakeholder relations with expertise in legal and political policy development. She is a graduate from the University of British Columbia and has extensive knowledge of public relations, communications and citizen engagement in numerous non-profit organizations.
James Mitchell
Political Campaigns Adviser

James is a consultant specializing in government and stakeholder relations in North Vancouver, Canada. He has worked extensively with senior elected officials, both federally and provincially, as a political advisor and is a committed community volunteer serving as part of numerous roles, including the Rotary Club of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives and several others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Joshua Chohan
Associate for the United Kingdom

Joshua is a university undergraduate and a former member of the Young Wales Project Board. He was one of the youngest candidates to stand for the county council of Monmouthshire in the 2017 local elections and now studies Public Services as part of his undergraduate degree. He is a firm believer in developing closer relations between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and believes it is a natural choice for the UK after Brexit.
Emmett Mark
Youth Outreach Fellow

Emmett studies International Relations at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is undertaking studies in French, German and Russian, and is politically active on campus, serving as president of two political clubs alongside volunteering with various campaigns. He is passionate about politically engaging students and advancing the CANZUK movement’s momentum amongst young people.
Charles Marsh
Policy Analyst and Researcher

Charles is from Oxfordshire in England and holds an MSc in Global Politics and a Ba in Human Geography; both from the University of Southampton. As part of his studies he undertook modules ranging from Security Studies to Theories of International Relations, and his interests are primarily focused on international cooperation and integration. He writes for a range of advocacy campaigns, with a focus upon integration of nations.
Ted Yarbrough

Ted is an attorney in Dallas, Texas (USA) working for a firm located in nine cities. He is co-founder and editor of The Daily Globe UK. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ted is a life-long Anglophile and supporter of the ideals of greater CANZUK solidarity. He is a long time writer on British politics and wrote a thesis on Thatcherism while at university. He is a firm Brexiteer and believes that CANZUK is the launching pad for a global Britain. You can follow Ted on Twitter @TedYarbrough1.


Political Advisory Board

The Hon. Erin O’Toole
Member of Parliament for Durham
Shadow Foreign Affairs Critic

John Brassard
Member of Parliament for Barrie—Innisfil
Deputy Opposition Whip

Stephanie Kusie
Member of Parliament for Calgary Midnapore
Member of Parliamentary NATO Association

The Hon. Ed Fast
Member of Parliament for Abbotsford
Former Minister for International Trade

Emma McClarkin
Former Member of the European Parliament
Former Spokesman for International Trade

The Hon. Peter Kent
Member of Parliament for Thornhill
Former Chair of National Defence

Todd Doherty
Member of Parliament for Cariboo
Member of Parliamentary NATO Association

Lisa Raitt
Former Member of Parliament for Milton
Former Deputy Opposition Leader

Michael Chong
Member of Parliament for Wellington
Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions

Dean Allison
Member of Parliament for Niagara West
Shadow Minister for International Trade

The Hon. Eric Abetz
Senator for Tasmania
Former Minister for Employment

Sir Julian Brazier
Former Member of Parliament for Canterbury
Former Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

Kelly McCauley
Member of Parliament for Edmonton West
Shadow Minister for Public Services

Rupert Lowe
Former Member of the European Parliament
Entrepreneur and Businessman

Randy Hiller
Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario
Member of Standing Committee on Estimates

Andrew Rosindell
Member of Parliament for Romford
Member of APPG for CANZUK

Paul Bristow
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
Member of APPG for CANZUK