Humanist Society Scotland is a registered Charity in Scotland, and is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected from among our membership at the AGM.

John Bishop (Chair)

John Bishop (Chair)

I have had the privilege of working for the Society in different roles over the last 9 years, including being a celebrant, and my work in Europe, for the Society, has given me deeper perspectives on our work. As Chair of the Trustees I see myself working with the team of Trustees, our professional staff team, and our members in further developing the particular humanist contribution to Scotland’s well being.  We can be proud of our contributions to date, and confident that we can enhance that contribution in the future.

Lynne Ramsay - (Vice Chair)

Lynne Ramsay - (Vice Chair)

To be able to say I am a Humanist is fantastic. It’s great to be part of a community of people who are on the same wavelength. By taking an active role in Humanist Society Scotland I am committed to raising the profile of humanists in Scotland. I hope to encourage others to realise how good it is to be recognised as a humanist who can live a good peaceful life alongside people of different beliefs but with the same basic morality and respect for one another.
I bring my professional experience as an accountant working in the public, charity and education sector to the Board.

Senga Ishaq Kemp

Senga Ishaq Kemp

While continuing as a full time Humanist Society Scotland Registered Celebrant(TM), I am delighted to also be able to serve the aims of the Humanist Society Scotland as a member of the Board of Trustees. It is exciting to be part of moving Humanist Society Scotland even further forwards from its amazing progress so far in becoming a real voice for Humanism in Scotland, and I am keen to maintain, and make the quality and professionalism of Humanist Society Scotland Ceremonies more widely known, while protecting the Society’s stated overall aims. I am very proud of the work of Humanist Society Scotland and delighted to help to take us further forward – while protecting our quality and integrity and ensuring it is well showcased.

Stewart Struthers

Stewart Struthers

Joining the Board gives me an opportunity to contribute to the direction and governance of a charity that has a major influence in Scotland and is a benchmark for Humanism internationally. I’m self-employed and as part of a portfolio career I am also an active celebrant delivering Humanist ceremonies every week. I am very proud to be a celebrant and to support people at some of the most important events of their lives. Just because people are not religious doesn’t mean they don’t have values and beliefs. But Humanism is not a badge or t shirt to put on, but a way of living your life and the way the vast majority of Scots already do. The society just brings all this together in a platform that promotes reason, equality and compassion.

Brenda Reid - Trustee Elected by Celebrants

Brenda Reid - Trustee Elected by Celebrants

I have been a celebrant since 2011 and a member of the Humanist Society a lot longer. Growing up I always felt a wee bit like a square peg in a round hole until I found out that Humanism, for me, ticked all the boxes – goodness, kindness and treating others as you wish to be treated yourself.

I serve on the Board of Trustees as the Trustee elected by the celebrants, as we move forward with our work by promoting Humanism in Scotland, through our ceremonies and our campaign work.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

I have been a celebrant and a member for over 5 years, but I suspect I have been a Humanist all my life. Now much less active professionally and trying to increase my voluntary commitments including as a Trustee of The Margaret Murdoch Trust and as an Advisor to the Children’s Panel in Renfrewshire. I am also delighted to be devoting more time to my grandchildren also.

I am proud of the opportunity to be a Humanist Celebrant and have become more involved in the Humanist Society Scotland as a member of the Glasgow Group, assisting as one of the leaders of the TRUN/TWALK. I hope as a Trustee I bring a professional but calm and reasonable approach to the role and in so doing play a part in enhancing the reputation of the Society both in its ceremonies work but also in its increasing relevance to Scottish Society.

Morven Lyon

Morven Lyon

I am excited to join the Board of Trustees and hope to bring a thoughtful and creative contribution to Humanist Society Scotland’s aims and campaigns. Currently I work for Community Shares Scotland – helping Scottish communities to start up and sustain their own community owned enterprises. This role has helped me understand the importance and strength of empowered communities – it seems a particularly interesting time for the Humanist Society Scotland community given the growth in membership in recent years and I am looking forward to being part of this pioneering network.

Having worked previously as a project manager for a national education charity, I also have a particular interest in engaging young people in the Humanist mission and the campaign for education reform more widely.

Steve Chinn

Steve Chinn

Steve believes that the humanist movement, and local organisations like Humanist Society Scotland, are well placed to make a positive and progressive impact on society and the qualities of life. In fact, he agrees with the view that in today’s world, they are better placed than traditional political parties. This means they must offer a broad and inclusive perspective on what kind of a society we all want and need to live in, and how we can work and live together for mutual benefit. Steve aims to be a net contributor in life, believing that if each of us were to give more than we take, we’d all lead better lives.

Maggie Kinloch

Maggie Kinloch

Maggie Kinloch has worked at a senior level in professional theatre and Arts Higher Education for over forty years. Throughout that time, and in both sectors, she has worked tirelessly to promote equality of opportunity for all, and is currently Chair of the Access and Inclusion Committee of the Scottish Funding Council.

She has travelled across the world engaging in both the cultural lives and the theatre education of over thirty countries. Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland until 2016, she is now a registered Humanist Society Scotland celebrant, a freelance theatre director and a member of the boards of Humanist Society Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Julia Loecherbach

Julia Loecherbach

I have joined the board as I believe and hope I can make a valuable contribution to the Humanist Society Scotland. My special interest is in increasing the awareness of the humanist lifestyle to young people (whether they are/become members or not). To me this is an obvious choice as my background is in science and rational thinking and evidence-based arguments are my bread and butter. As a humanist and scientist I am also interested in environmentalism and how to make this world a better place. This sounds idealistic but for example through cycle campaigning there are tangible aims to follow and improvements are being made.

Ian Rodger

Ian Rodger

I have been a member of HSS for some years working in the Edinburgh Committee, recently as chairman. I am also a school visitor and recently took over national co-ordination of the visitor programme.
It was this latter move that finally prompted me to apply for the Board.

As well as supporting the school visitors programme, I believe there is a need to reach out to all belief groups and humanists who support the same moral core as we do. Society and the world in general, needs a balancing influence to protect our future and that of our children. I also serve as treasurer/trustee of a local education and archive centre in Cramond.

Lorna Johnston

Lorna Johnston

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