CEN's Director, Sam Barker, died on August 6 after an 18 month battle against cancer.
Sam was CEN's director from May 2016 until this summer. He was a superb colleague and a great friend. His humour, intelligence and kindness were an inspiration to us all, as was his gentle determination to make the world a better place.
Sam was a highly effective campaigner for social justice and environmental stewardship and was very popular around Westminster and beyond. We will all miss him greatly.
The Conservative Environment Network will commemorate Sam’s contribution to politics and the environment through a Memorial Lecture and prize for Green Conservative of the Year.
We hope to host the first lecture and prize in 2019 and intend it to serve as a reminder of Sam's contribution and the continuity of his legacy.
We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sam's parents, his wife Xanthe and their two children, Alethea and Nathanael.