The London4Europe Committee is officially elected by London4Europe members at the Annual General Meeting.
All Committee members are volunteers who give up their time to help support London4Europe and wider European Movement UK initiatives. The Committee is made of passionate pro-Europeans from different professional backgrounds and a range of political persuasions.
The Committee meets around once per month to discuss London4Europe activities.
London4Europe Committee, elected from February 2018:
Richard Newcombe is the Chair of London4Europe. After spending over 30 years as a maths teacher, deputy and acting headteacher in an East London mixed multicultural comprehensive school Richard was elected as a local councillor in the Labour Party. In his 9 years at the London Borough of Redbridge he experienced involvement in many aspects of local government and became the cabinet member for Children’s Services. Richard joined The European Movement on hearing that a referendum will be held and gave talks at local schools and gurdwaras as well as manning street stalls during the campaign.
Keith Best is a Vice-Chair of London4Europe and the Secretary of the National European Movement. Keith is Chair of the Executive Committee of the World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy (New York) that seeks improved international governance structures. He is Patron of TEAMGlobal (The European-Atlantic Movement). Keith had been a Conservative MP from 1979-87. He was chief executive of several charities including SurvivorsUK (caring for male victims of sexual assault) and the Immigration Advisory Service (supporting asylum seekers). Keith reached the rank of Major in airborne and commando forces.
Jonathan Fryer (Vice-Chair)
Nick Hopkinson is a Vice-chair of London4Europe. During the 2016 referendum campaign he gave 30 expert talks and debates on the case to remain in the European Union. He writes regularly about Brexit and tweets regularly @London4Europe. During his 23 year career at Wilton Park, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s policy forum, he served as Director. He specialises in all aspects of the Brexit process and European Union policies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @NickHopkinsonEU
Dr Monica Threlfall is a Vice-Chair of London4Europe. She was Reader in European Politics at London Metropolitan University before joining the Global Policy Institute in London in early 2017. Dr Threlfall has published widely on social movements, politics and European integration. She has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU and is currently writing blog articles arguing against Brexit.
Richard Wassell is the London4Europe treasurer and European Movement (EM) regional representative for London, in which capacity he is determined to develop local EM cells across London’s boroughs. He was chairman of Central London Europe Group (predecessor to L4E) 2000-3 and has been actively involved with EM and many kindred organisations (UK and across Europe) since 1974. Contact: email@example.com Twitter: @rcw49
Andy Pye is the Secretary of London4Europe. He has been an editor and technical writer serving UK manufacturing industry for nearly 40 years. He is currently Managing Editor of Controls, Drives and Automation and editor of Environmental Engineering, two leading bimonthly titles. He also writes directly for several engineering companies and PR agencies, providing technical copy and website content. Andy is a Cambridge University graduate in Materials Engineering.
John Maguire spent over 20 years working, in Operational Research, in the National Coal Board. In that capacity, he worked for over 10 years, as an External Consultant within the Department of Health, The Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise and ECGD. Before retirement, he worked for 6 years in Operational Research with Hoskyns Consulting, which then became Cap Gemini, the computer services company. On retirement, John acted as an advisor for various Citizens’ Advice Bureaux for over 10years.
Natalia Marczewska is a media and digital communications specialist supporting a number of pro-European groups and initiatives. She has worked at the European Parliament and as an EU policy consultant. She manages the London4Europe website and Twitter account @London4Europe