Committee

Convener - Revd David Haslam

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David is a Methodist Minister, semi-retired, but has always been involved in social justice issues. Tax Justice, when he first learned about it from Nicholas Shaxson’s book ‘Treasure Islands’, struck him as one of those crucial campaigns one has to be part of. He worked in London for 35 years but now lives in Evesham with his wife and 9 year-old daughter.

Treasurer - Philip Wetherall

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Philip has been a worshipping Methodist in Malvern, Worcestershire, for the last fifty years, holding many posts, including church and circuit steward, in that time. He has been a supporter of Christian Aid for many years. Following early retirement from a career in the scientific civil service, he became treasurer of the local CAB which he gave up to establish a local HomeStart scheme. He is currently treasurer of three organizations. He was introduced to the injustices of corporate tax avoidance at a local Justice & Peace meeting and jumped at the opportunity to campaign for change in this field. His hobbies include gardening, planning (and going on) holidays, photography, going to the theatre and concerts.

Committee Member - John Cooper

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John’s career has focused on enabling church members and congregations to connect faith and politics. He currently is a Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid, inspiring supporters to give generously, explore a gospel of justice and take action for Tax and Climate Justice. Previously he has served the national ecumenical Joint Public Issues Team and ran the International Peacemakers Fund of Fellowship of Reconciliation. He brings interest and experience in campaign strategy, social justice, economic justice, climate change, fundraising and co-operative economics. In quieter moments he enjoys reading, digging the allotment or taking his son Arthur out for a bike ride.

Committee Member - Rachel Stephens

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Born in Gloucestershire, educated and trained in Bristol, Rachel taught science in UK and Ghana for 13 years, before spending nine years as Connexional Secretary for Overseas Service at MCOD (Methodist Church Overseas Division). After a six year break (with Christians Abroad and CSV), she moved to the Methodist Division of Social Responsibility, as Secretary for International Relief and Development Affairs, including MRDF and WDAF (11 years). Retiring to Birmingham she facilitated DFiD Consultations, was elected Chair of the Birmingham International Council, developed Town Twinning links with Johannesburg and helped local planning for 1998 Human Chain and Jubilee Debt Campaign actions. She continues to work with many overseas partners, and maintains concern and information on UK activities in Justice and Peace fields globally and nationally.

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Methodist Tax Justice Network
The Methodist Tax Justice Network aims to put tax justice issues at the heart of the Methodist Church's mission, through campaigning, working with partners in the UK and overseas and educating and communicating within the Methodist Connexion.