What we do

CFI works to promote its twin aims of supporting Israel and promoting Conservatism in the UK. With more than 2,000 activists as members, CFI is active at every level of the Conservative Party.

CFI organises numerous events in and around Westminster, takes Conservative parliamentarians and candidates on delegations to Israel, campaigns hard for Tory candidates in target seats, and works to ensure that Israel’s case is fairly represented in Parliament.

After leaving the House in 1974, Michael Fidler created CFI, as he felt the time was right to correct mistaken impressions and to demonstrate strong Conservative support for the State of Israel.

"As I have said before, Britain would not be Britain without its Jews. Likewise, the Conservative Party would not be the Conservative Party without CFI. You play a vital role, for which we are hugely grateful."

− Prime Minister Theresa May, September 2016

"It is important to me that the Conservative Party has a good relationship with Israel and with CFI. You do a great job for the Party and I want to thank you for everything that you’ve done, and even more for everything that you will do in the future."

− Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP, October 2014

"I became a friend of Israel way before I became a Member of Parliament… We relish in the work that you do collectively at a community level, but also at a Parliamentary level as well – the delegations and the support that you all bring to our Party"

− International Development Secretary, Rt. Hon. Priti Patel MP, January 2016

"For the past 40 years, CFI has been there for this Party, bringing us together, getting behind our candidates and taking people to Israel because nothing comes closer to helping you understand that country than actually visiting."

− Former Prime Minister David Cameron, December 2014
Professional Team
  • James Gurd CFoI

    James Gurd

    Executive Director

    James directs and oversees all aspects of CFI’s on-going work, activities and campaigns, as well as formulation of political strategy.

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    Einat Shazar

    Projects Director

    Einat directs CFI’s wide-ranging yearly events programme, including CFI’s Conservative Party Conference activity and CFI’s major fundraising events. Einat also oversees CFI’s office management and administration.

  • Sedef Akademir CFoI

    Sedef Akademir

    Research and Events Officer

    Sedef oversees the collation and distribution of CFI’s briefings and research, and assists with aspects of event management. Sedef is also the editor of CFI’s publications and website, and manages CFI’s activities with young Conservatives.

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    Elkie Myers

    Parliamentary Officer

    Elkie assists with research for CFI’s briefings and oversees CFI’s parliamentary monitoring activities. Elkie also assists with aspects of CFI’s political activities, online activities and publications.

  • Natalie Jacobs CFoI

    Natalie Jacobs

    Projects Officer

    Natalie assists with CFI’s busy events schedule, including events in Parliament and CFI’s Annual Business Lunch. Natalie also assists with CFI’s office administration.

  • Tanyah Murkes CFoI

    Tanyah Murkes

    Head of Israel Office

    Tanyah is based in Israel and is the Head of CFI’s Israel Office. Tanyah manages all aspects of CFI’s activities in Israel, including CFI’s parliamentary delegation programme. Tanyah is also responsible for the collation of research and briefing material in Israel that will assist CFI’s activities in the UK.

  • Ellen Steel CFoI

    Ellen Steel

    Israel Liaison

    Ellen is based in Israel and assists with CFI’s parliamentary delegation programme. Ellen coordinates aspects of CFI’s delegations, including on-the-ground logistical support, and also assists with the collation of research in Israel to help inform CFI’s work in the UK.

Parliamentary Group

Rt. Hon. Sir Eric Pickles MP

John Howell OBE MP (Vice-Chairman)
Rt. Hon. Lord David Trimble
Bob Blackman MP
David Burrowes MP
Oliver Dowden MP
Mike Freer MP
Matthew Offord MP
Will Quince MP
Chloe Smith MP
Dame Angela Watkinson DBE MP

Chairman, CFI Europe
Timothy Kirkhope MEP

Directors of CFI Ltd

Andrew Heller

Deputy Chairman
Hilda Worth

Stephen Massey

Hon. President
Lord Polak CBE