Committee

Coordinator - Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

Matthew has been the Coordinator of the Methodist Tax Justice Network since May 2013. Like many others, he first became aware of the Tax Justice issue in late 2012 after the outcry against the tax avoidance techniques used by Starbucks, Amazon and Google. The opportunity to promote this campaign within the Methodist Church was one he could not pass up. Outside of his role with MTJN, Matthew has been a long standing committee member of the University of Birmingham Methodist Society, is a keen musician and performer (currently most actively with the Birmingham Repertory Opera Company), and is currently studying part-time at Birmingham for a PhD in Landscape Archaeology.

Chair - 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.

Vice-Chair - Revd Warren Bardsley

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Warren is a Supernumerary Methodist minister.  He has served in a number of circuits, rural and urban, including a nine year period in Sierra Leone West Africa, 1964-73 as a mission partner, and has been involved with Christian Aid and the World Development Movement as a campaigner for justice over a long period. Recent work with the World Council of Churches saw Warren spend time in Palestine/Israel as an ecumenical accompanier in East Jerusalem, and he returns frequently to the region. Warren is the Co-author of 'Time for Action', a British Christian response to Kairos Palestine. He volunteers with the local credit union in his hometown of Lichfield, and his interests include cricket, the theatre, reading and listening to music.

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.

Christian Aid Rep - 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.

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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.