Le Cercle/Chairman (Europe)
| Le Cercle/Chairman (Europe)|
|Leader of||Le Cercle|
|Chair of half of the meetings of Le Cercle. Reportedly sets the group's agenda and oversees its discussions but does not involve the group's finances.|
Le Cercle was chaired initially by Antoine Pinay, hence the name 'Pinay Cercle'. The British took over the chairmanship of the group at some point (according to Brian Crozier's memoirs, in 1971). Possibly at the same time, the group was switched from exclusively European meetings to a general pattern of biannual meetings on alternating sides of the Atlantic. This arrangement had separate European and US chairs of the group.
"Mr Zahawi's office said the "informal" role of Le Cercle chairman consisted of setting the group's agenda and overseeing its discussions but did not include involvement in the group's finances."
In 1997 The Telegraph named Geoffrey Tantum as the Cercle's UK secretary.
Unreferenced Office Holders
An anonymous editor to Wikipedia added the following dates and chairmen in November 2018:
- 2017-present: Kwasi Kwarteng
- 2015-2017: Nadhim Zahawi
- 2013-2015: Rory Stewart
Office Holders on Wikispooks
|Nadhim Zahawi||2015||2017||Did not declare his membership of this group|
|Rory Stewart||2013||2014||Ended 2015 according to an anonymous Wikipedia edit|
|Michael Ancram||2008||2013||Start date is conjecture, but would be after October 13, 2008|
|Norman Lamont||1996||2008||He quit between 13 October 2008 and 3 April 2013.|
|Jonathan Aitken||1993||1996||The start date is conjecture, based on <a href="#cite_note-1"></a><a href="#cite_note-2"></a> and <a href="#cite_note-3"></a>|
|Christian Schwarz-Schilling||1992||1993||The start and end dates are conjecture, based on <a href="#cite_note-1"></a><a href="#cite_note-2"></a> and <a href="#cite_note-3"></a>.|
|Julian Amery||1985||1992||The end date is conjecture, based on <a href="#cite_note-1"></a><a href="#cite_note-2"></a> and <a href="#cite_note-3"></a>|
|Brian Crozier||1971||1985||Crozier himself is the source for this start date, which is uncertain.|
|Antoine Pinay||1953||1971||These dates are pure conjecture, but fit with other data.|