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.

Senga Ishaq Kemp – Chair

Senga Ishaq Kemp – Chair

While continuing as a full time HSS Registered Celebrant(TM), I am delighted to also be able to serve the aims of the HSS as a member of the Board of Trustees. It is exciting to be part of moving HSS 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 HSS Ceremonies more widely known, while protecting the Society’s stated overall aims. I am very proud of the work of HSS and delighted to help to take us further forward – while protecting our quality and integrity and ensuring it is well showcased.

Stewart Struthers - Vice-chair

Stewart Struthers - Vice-chair

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.

Lynne Ramsay - Treasurer

Lynne Ramsay - Treasurer

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.

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 look forward to serving 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.

John Bishop

John Bishop

I have had the privilege of working for HSS in different roles, over the last 8 years. Now elected as a Board member I hope I can help consolidate HSS overall direction and strength. I have specific policy interests in human rights, assisted dying and the development of a secular society. I am interested in the way HSS conducts itself as an organisation, and warmly embrace any ambition to better define our ethical framework. I have my HSS roots in both the vibrant local Edinburgh group and as an active celebrant.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

I have been a celebrant and a member for over 3 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 with the Prince’s Trust and as an Advisor to the Children’s Panel in Renfrewshire.

I am proud of the opportunity to be a Humanist Celebrant and have become more involved in the HSS as a member of the Glasgow Group, assisting as one of the leaders of the TRUN and I sit on the Promotional Group and the Fees Group. I would hope as a Trustee to 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 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.

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