All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance Officers
Yvonne Fovargue MP, Chair
Yvonne Fovargue was elected MP for Makerfield in May 2010 succeeding former Labour Party Chair Ian McCartney. She had previously served as a councillor in Warrington, nearby her Makerfield constituency, from 2004 onwards.
After Yvonne graduated from Leeds University with a BA in English she worked as a Housing Officer for Manchester City Council between 1979-1986 and then as Chief Executive of the St Helens Citizens Advice Bureau from 1986 to 2010.
Yvonne’s interests are described as credit and debt and their effect on low income borrowers, the voluntary sector and the welfare state in general.
Andrew George MP, Vice-Chair
Andrew George MP is the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives in Cornwall and has been since 1997. Mr George studied at Sussex University before gaining an MSc from Oxford University and then worked as a local charity worker and served on the Cornwall Rural Development Council before being elected to Parliament.
Mr George has previously served as the Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson and more recently as Shadow International Development Secretary under Charles Kennedy.
Damian Hinds MP, Vice-Chair
Damian has spent most of the last 18 years working in the pubs/brewing and hotel industries (both in Britain and abroad) and has held senior management positions in two PLCs. He is now self-employed.
Damian’s degree is in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford (where he was also elected president of the Oxford Union), and his secondary schooling was at St Ambrose grammar school, Altrincham.
Damian’s political experience includes being chairman of the Bow Group, and standing for parliament in 2005. He has written a number of policy papers and articles. Areas of policy interest include education, tackling poverty, and promoting business & enterprise; and he also has a special interest in affordable credit and sub-prime debt issues. In 2008 and 2009 he joined the Tory party’s short volunteering projects in Rwanda.
Mike Weir MP, Vice-Chair
Mike Weir was re-elected to represent the Angus constituency at the 2010 general election, after doubling his majority.
Born in Arbroath, Michael Weir was previously a councillor and Convenor of the General Purposes Committee of Angus Council prior to his election in 2001. Prior to his election, Mr Weir was a solicitor and Partner for J&DG Shiell in Brechin.
Nic Dakin MP, Treasurer and Secretary
Nic Dakin was selected as the Labour candidate for Scunthorpe in October 2009where he recorded a majority of 2,549 in the May 2010 election, holding the seat for Labour.
Prior to his election, Mr Dakin was the Principal of John Leggott College, having previously served as Vice-Principal of the college, which is based in the Scunthorpe constituency. Mr Dakin was also a member of the board of Yorkshire Forward and of Humber Economic Partnership. From 1997-2003 he was Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, remaining leader of the Labour Group until he stood down in 2007. In July 2010, Mr Dakin was elected to the Education Committee.