As well as being President of the Labour Land Campaign, Dave Wetzel FCILT is CEO of ‘Transforming Communities’ the transport, housing, land tax consultancy he founded in 2008. For eight years he was the first Vice-Chair of Transport for London and was also Chair of London Buses and TfL’s Safety, Health and Environment Committee.
Dave’s career has included working as a student engineer with Wilkinson Sword, as a London Bus Conductor, Driver and Inspector, as a Manager for Initial Services operating a small fleet of vans in East London, in aviation with British Airways and as Editor of Civil Aviation News (an Airport Workers’ monthly paper).
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Dave has also been Chair of the GLC’s Transport Committee, Leader of Hounslow Council, a founder member of a radical housing association, chair of Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee, Director of the transport disability campaigning charity DaRT (Dial-a-Ride and Taxicard Users – now “Transport for All”), President of London University’s Transport Studies Society and Vice-Chair of a local Chamber of Commerce in Cornwall.
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Chair: Anthony Molloy
Anthony Molloy is a scientist by training. After graduating in New York, he worked in laboratories in France before becoming a freelance scientific writer on topics related to immunology and tropical disease, especially aimed at non-technical readerships.
Although he has always been an active member of the Labour Party when in the country, it was not until the 2008 financial crisis that he—like so many others—realised that all citizens might need some understanding of economics, a path that ultimately led him to an appreciation of the iniquity of our current taxation system and the virtues of land value taxation.
He is currently compiling an Everyman’s Guide to the Immune System to be published in book form and as a series of animated videos.
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Secretary: Carol Wilcox
Carol is a software engineer by profession but with a degree in economics. It was whilst studying at Essex University in the early 80s, disappointed that there appeared to be no satisfactory solutions to economic ills, that she first read about land value taxation. From that time she was puzzled why ‘the only tax which meets all the criteria for a good tax’ was ignored by policymakers.
By good fortune she discovered the Labour Land Campaign at the 1996 Labour Party Conference and embarked on her ‘real economics’ education.
Vice Chair: Heather Wetzel
Heather’s varied working life that helped her to appreciate the economic and social injustices that exist in the UK and in the world. She has been a full-time mother, worked in the private sector, the voluntary sector and in the public sector as well as being a Councillor on a London Borough between 1978 until 1990.
Heather has a proven record of fighting all forms of prejudice – intended or unintended – and fighting for good public services that meet as many individual needs as possible.
As a youngster, she saw our land being ‘owned’ by individuals as unjust and illogical: how could the ownership and control of land be in the hands of a few when it is something we all need to survive? Over the years, Heather has learnt the economic arguments about how land wealth is created by all of us and why it should be collected and returned to the public purse to pay for the maintenance and development of infrastructure and good public services.
Vice Chair: David Hirst
David Hirst has spent most of his career in IT, thinking about systems and how they work, and helping organisations and people make best use of the opportunities. He is also an inventor of better ways of doing things, particularly in electricity, but finds the blockages to sensible and efficient changes are largely political. Too much is blocked by rentier and corporatist thinking by powerful incumbents, driving a failed Hayekian ideology to force ever greater inequalities and injustices. Always left leaning, David joined the Green Party, to campaign for greater fairness and reversal of global trends that can doom us all. LVT is a clear and implementable policy towards these aims.
Vice Chair: Yoni Higgsmith
Yoni Higgsmith, joined the Labour Land campaign in 2011 and has become a staunch Land Value Tax Activist. His past experience is varied and includes filmmaking, charity work, event organising and business development. In 2013 Yoni crowdfunded, directed and produced The Taxing Question of Land, a documentary available on Youtube. The documentary was commissioned by the Coalition of Economic Justice and involved working closely with a cross-party steering group of campaigners and academics. Yoni believes that right now is the most exciting time to be alive as we are able to have a stake in and shape the emerging direction of society.
Organiser: Alan Spence
LLC Organiser, Alan Spence’s involvement with the ‘Land Question’ stemmed from his involvement in community activity to thwart property speculators’ ambitions in Covent Garden during the early 1970s. The community’s alternative proved successful and saw Covent Garden renovated whilst retaining its character of being of a human scale for housing, business, entertainment and culture.
Prior to that, Alan had been involved in the trade union movement in the engineering sector of the aircraft industry, and was the Communist Party candidate for the constituency which includes the City of London in the 1983 General Election.
Co-operative Liaison Officer: Jim King
Jim is a Labour Party City Councillor and was previously the Mayor of Salford. He has twice been a Labour Party parliamentary candidate.
He is a member of the Co-operative Party North West Regional Board; Co-Chair of the Co-operative Commission and a Regional Director of the Co-operative group.
Jim is the director of a credit union, director of the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, a school governor and founder of his local Fairtrade Movement.
He is a founder of Salford City Radio and chair of the local board. He is also a weekly presenter on the radio.
Jim has worked as a Corporate Communications Manager and has a degree in economics and politics.
Treasurer and Research Officer: Mark Wadsworth
Mark Wadsworth works as a tax advisor and is interested in tax, welfare and land reform, as well as being the treasurer of the Young People’s Party UK.
Olly is a director of the cultural heritage software company System Simulation. He joined the Labour Land Campaign in order to support the progress of LVT as a radical and equitable alternative to the existing complex and unfair taxation system.
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