Robert Semple - President of the national convention


Jeremy Middleton“Rob was a really effective Vice President when I was Chairman. Focused and action orientated, he could get things done. Always reasonable but prepared to be forceful when required. A great representative of the volunteers to our Party’s leadership and professionals.”

Jeremy Middleton, CBE, Chairman of the National Convention 2009 – 2012

Andrew Sharpe“Rob is a very effective voice for the Voluntary Party at Board level, where he commands considerable respect. His work on membership has been exemplary… with thoroughness, patience and good humour. He has always made himself available, across the country, to explain how, and more importantly why, CAMS works and the Party’s recent success with recruitment is eloquent testimony to his efforts.”

Andrew Sharpe, Regional Chairman for the South East

Jeff James“I have worked closely with Rob both as a fellow Party Board Member and more specifically in his role as Chairman of the Membership Committee. He has played a pivotal part in the implementation and roll out of CAMS travelling to all parts of the country outlining the clear advantages it has in increasing membership in the Associations. He is an active and valuable member of the Party Board and I wish him well for his term as President.”

Cllr Jeff James, Chairman, Welsh Conservative Party

“I have known Rob for many years…He has the personality, gravitas, initiative and leadership skills to serve the Party at the highest level.  He has proved to be very popular amongst our senior activists in the West Midlands who see him as being both effective and an excellent communicator.”

Gordon Guild, Regional Chairman, West Midlands Region 2010-13

Rob is articulate, diplomatic, reliable and hard working……his record of work for the Voluntary Party is exceptional and the results speak for themselves. Rob lives and works in Yorkshire; his election will help to ensure that the Party does not become too centralised.”

Lord Bates, Northern Board Founding Member, Deputy Chairman of the Party 2007–2010

“Rob is Trustworthy, far-thinking, and very experienced. Also, although Rob rightly believes that the strength of the Conservative Party comes first and foremost  from its’ “grass roots” he has much to offer in terms of National Strategy.  The fact that he now chairs the Membership Committee and is a member of both the Candidates’ and the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board demonstrates that he brings much to the position of  Vice President.”

Timothy Kirkhope, MEP

Pauline Lucas“Rob Semple has worked tirelessly to support all the candidates in Yorkshire to run effective campaigns; he understands how to work in the difficult regions where the Conservative Party needs to make headway; though he his roots are in the South. Rob is an effective voice for a progressive and inclusive Party; appreciating that women’s representation at all levels of the Party is important not for reasons of tokenism but because their viewpoint may be held by 52% of the population! I have found him such a good person to work with on the Strategy Committee and out on the campaign trail.”

Pauline Lucas, Past Chairman Conservative Women’s Organisation

“Rob has been a great supporter of the CWO as our Board Representative and is always willing to talk and, more importantly, listen to CWO groups no matter where they are in the country. With his experience and success at Regional and now National level, I have no hesitation in giving him my full support.”


Niki Molnar, Chairman of Conservative Women’s Organisation

“Rob’s professional expertise in his own business, and his hands-on experience of managing local associations, bring a real strength to CCHQ’s Finance & Audit Committee. Rob is a calm and effective advocate for focusing CCHQ resources on effective local campaigning.”

Charles Barwell, OBE, Chairman of The Party’s Finance & Audit Committee

Baroness Warsi

“I have known and worked alongside Rob for more than seven years at all levels within the party. He is a committed campaigner whose campaign centres across Yorkshire and Humberside enabled the party to win marginal seats with swings larger than the national average. He is extremely highly regarded for his commitment to the Voluntary Party and is particularly well known as a strong voice for the North of England, having secured more funding for and candidates from the North. With his experience, skills and enthusiasm, Rob is a great asset to the Conservative Party.”

Baroness Warsi, Chairman of the Conservative Party 2010 – 2012

“Rob is an outstanding campaigner. His combination of charm, diplomacy and determination is the mark of someone who gets things done.”

RT HON Eric Pickles MP, Party Chairman, 2010 Election

Craig Whittaker“Since 2005 Rob Semple has worked tirelessly to make the Voluntary Party an effective campaigning force the results of which were clearly demonstrated at the General Election. I can personally vouch for Rob’s effective and proactive leadership. He has the vision coupled with the drive and determination to bring about actual change. “

Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley MP (selected in 2007)

Carlyn Chisholm“If the Voluntary Party is to play a credible and central role, it is vital we have respected and talented individuals like Rob at the top table on our behalf.”

Carlyn Chisholm, Chairman Candidates Committee

“During my time at CF, Rob was a constant source of support and help, whilst showing great leadership and understanding of the voluntary Party in Yorkshire and Humber.  Rob was pivotal in helping me establish a CF Regional Chairman and team, which proved to be an inspired choice following the great results in his region last year.

I have no doubts that Rob would bring many vital qualities to our Party Board; not least his commitment to support the voluntary Party; bold leadership and vision; and a wealth of experience from fighting and winning elections in key seats.”

Michael Rock, CF National Chairman – 2010 General Election

Julia Mulligan“Our Party has made a huge amount of progress in recent years. I was a first-time Parliamentary candidate in May, fighting a target seat. It was tough; at times tougher still, due to a range of local issues. If you’d like to see a representative on our Board who has a track record of supporting women in our party, then I can’t recommend Rob Semple enough. He was unswerving in his support for me and was instrumental in helping move my campaign forward. In Rob, we’d have a progressive voice on the board who’s not only prepared to speak out, but will also do what’s needed.”

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

“Rob’s dedicated and enthusiastic approach to his role enabled us to transform the electoral fortunes of many of our most marginal seats in West Yorkshire. With his wise guidance multi constituency offices were created in Leeds, Bradford, Brighouse and Tadcaster, each headed by a professional agent. These played a pivotal role in the electoral successes we achieved in 2010.

Rob also worked tirelessly to strengthen the Voluntary Party across the region, working alongside the professionals, to deliver quality training and support to constituency officers and campaigners.

As a professional, I couldn’t have asked for a better working relationship with the Leader of the Voluntary Party within my region. It made it that much easier to make things happen! Rob wanted only that which was best for the Party and worked continuously to ensure that came about.”

Philip Stocks, Member of the Professional Party

“Experienced – decisive – hardworking – gets on well with people and manages a team well – a very successful Area and Regional Chairman with no Parliamentary ambitions. Rob has all the qualities necessary to be an outstanding President in this crucial year for the Party.”

Peter Sparling, MBE, President of Elmet and Rothwell CA, Chairman of Tadcaster Campaign Centre