The London4Europe Committee is 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 and in office until the Annual General Meeting 7 October 2019:
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 is a Vice-Chair of London4Europe. Jonathan is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster working mainly for Middle Eastern television stations and London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). For eight years he was based in Brussels, covering the European institutions and NATO, before returning to the UK to fight European elections (twice just missing out on being elected, as a LibDem). As well as being a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4's "From Our Own Correspondent" he is the author of 15 non-fiction books, including Brussels Seen by Naif Artists, and is currently writing a memoir of his years in the Capital of Europe.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dirk Hazell leads Alliance EPP / UK EPP, the British political party associated with the EPP European People’s Party. A barrister, he wrote the template for the single market which Margaret Thatcher then persuaded the rest of the EC to adopt. He led the London-centred euro-capital market through the first wave of EC/EU harmonising legislation and then worked to safeguard environmental protection in EU framework legislation. A former Conservative councillor in Merton, he is a Freeman of the Corporation of London.
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.
Keith Sharp has had an international business career, specialising in marketing and communications. Most recently he was Europe Marketing Director for an Indian IT firm, which included negotiating with the UK government on economic migration policy. He has also been a local councillor (in Islington) and parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats. Keith is currently a trustee at two charities and an elected Council member for the Electoral Reform Society. He joined the European Movement in utter dismay at the 2016 referendum conduct and result.
Jo Pye has been co-opted to the Committee to be our Volunteers Leader. She’s an Anglo-Italian, a proud European and incensed at project Brexit. Politically active for the first time in her 66 years, her task is to organise our brilliant and talented volunteer force behind a clear and effective message, backed up by a coherent campaign strategy.. To quote her: “Our volunteers are our gold dust. We want them to shine at what they do best and achieve the results we all desire, namely to retain the closest possible relationship with our European neighbours, preferably remaining in the EU itself.“ Join us by completing our volunteer survey. Find a useful purpose for your Brexit-induced frustration! Talk to you soon?