Chris Whitwood – Leader

Chris became Deputy Leader of the Yorkshire Party in 2016 and became Leader in March 2019.

Chris represents the Yorkshire Party within the European Free Alliance, and has always been passionate about youth work, volunteering for charities such as St John Ambulance and UK Youth.

He trained as a product designer before becoming a primary school teacher. He now works for a company designing teaching resources.

Laura Walker – Deputy Leader and Economics Spokesperson

Laura has lived in Yorkshire since 2004, currently in Altofts near Wakefield. She joined the Yorkshire Party during the 2017 General Election as she felt that the Westminster parties had let down the North in general and Yorkshire in particular. She quickly became a committed activist for the party.

Laura is a member of the organising committee for the Residents Against Rudd Quarry action group, campaigning for communities to be treated fairly in the planning process. Her political passions are on providing equality of opportunity, and believes that Yorkshire Devolution is the best way to deliver real progress though infrastructure and targeted funding of areas for growth.

Laura may be a familiar face to viewers of afternoon quiz programmes, having appeared on (and winning!) several over the years including The Chase and The Boss, but when off-duty can otherwise be found walking her Lakeland Terrier, George, over the footpath she’s campaigning to save.

Arnie Craven - Chairman

Arnie became Chairman of the Yorkshire Party in April 2018, having previously worked to develop the party's election campaigning capabilities. He believes that devolution is the best way to address economic imbalances in the United Kingdom, and that treating Yorkshire as a single-unit of governance is the most effective way to increase growth and prosperity in the region he calls home.