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.

Maggie Kinloch (Chair)

Maggie Kinloch (Chair)

Professor Maggie Kinloch FRSE is Chair of Humanist Society Scotland.  She is Professor Emerita of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
She worked at a senior level in theatre and Arts higher education for over 40 years.  Throughout that time she worked tirelessly to promote equality and diversity, access and inclusion.
She served as a member of the board of the European League of Institutes of the Arts, the Scottish Funding Council and also Creative Scotland, and many other organisations.  She has travelled to over thirty countries explore the Arts and education in those countries.
She is a Registered Celebrant with Humanist Society Scotland and a freelance theatre director
Ian Rodger (Vice Chair & Treasurer)

Ian Rodger (Vice Chair & Treasurer)

I have been a member of HSS for some years gaining committee experience within the Edinburgh Group.  I am also a school visitor and assisted in the co-ordination of school visiting.  As well as providing a secular viewpoint in schools, I see the development of Young Humanists a very welcome initiative.  I also believe there is a need to reach out to all belief groups and others who support the same moral core as  we do.  Scotland, the UK and the world in general, needs to adhere to Human Right’s Principles to protect our future and that of our children.

I also serve as treasurer/trustee of a local education and archive centre in Cramond.

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.

Gordon Agnew

Gordon Agnew

I joined Humanist Society Scotland soon after I retired and immediately felt at home. Like many, I realised I had always been a humanist. I am active in the Fife and Edinburgh local groups and volunteer with Streetcare. I have also enjoyed the challenges of tutoring an ‘Introduction to Humanism’ course for Edinburgh Council for the last couple of years. In my ‘spare time’, I volunteer as a tutor in Adult Basic Education, and am Treasurer of my local U3A, both of which give me the opportunity to practice Humanist values. Being a Trustee is a big responsibility, but I hope after joining the board in 2019, I am becoming able to help the organisation develop.

Jim Chalmers

Jim Chalmers

I have been a member of the Humanist Society Scotland for more than a decade. I am at present the Vice Convenor of the Edinburgh Group and also a member of the Borders Group. I am particularly interested in the Humanist approach to dealing with complex ethical issues such as assisted dying and reproductive health. As a retired doctor I think that I have some relevant insights into some of these issues. I am very pleased with the way that Humanism is now becoming accepted as “part of the furniture” of normal life, often because of the exposure provided by celebrant colleagues and the work of Humanist Society Scotland.

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

It’s a great privilege to join the Humanist Society board and to play my own small part in a team committed to ensuring the organisation goes from strength to strength and that rational and ethical humanist thought can be embraced by a growing number of people.
I started my career as a parliamentary researcher at Holyrood and Westminster – moving into a parliamentary public affairs role with Scotland’s national voluntary sector umbrella body.
I am keen to use my understanding of the political sphere to help shape Humanist Society Scotland’s campaigns and key asks – all of which are geared towards making Scotland a fairer, more tolerant, rational and ethical society.
Fraser Ross

Fraser Ross

Patrick McGlinchey

Patrick McGlinchey

Jennifer Buchan

Jennifer Buchan

In 1996, I was twenty-eight, when I saw Claire Raynor on television, and she gave me the word “Humanist.” I joined BHA that day. On returning to Scotland in 2005, I joined HSS. 

Since lockdown, I have decided that I would like to spend more of my time, within Humanist Society Scotland. I want my knowledge and experience to help HSS be even more effective in influencing policy, laws and day to day life for everyone, in Scotland and beyond. 

I have always been a Humanist, and Claire Raynor gave me the name. I now give other people the name, and it is incredible to see the recognition and relief in their faces. I want a country, and a world, where everyone can claim that name, because they know what it means to be a Humanist. I want to help that happen. We can be a greater force for good

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

I have been a member of the Humanist Society Scotland and a Celebrant since 2004.

My non-Celebrant 40-year career was in drug discovery and cancer research.

I have seen the Humanist Society Scotland grow into a major rational contributor to the important life decisions that Scotland has made.

Our national and international influence makes me so proud to be a Celebrant and now a Trustee.

If we have done one thing, it is to bring Humanism into every level of conversation, from primary school to the political arena.

In 2004 very few people knew what Humanism was. I believe that today, very few people have not heard that word and asked a question.

As a Trustee, I am keen to promote rational discussions across every facet of our lives, engage with everyone, answer questions, promote parity, fight against persecution, etc.

We have made a start.

Alex Simpson

Alex Simpson

I have been a member of the Humanist Society for a number of years now, serving on the committee of the local Edinburgh Group as treasurer as well as being a School Visitor for a good proportion of those years. Now, as a member of the board of trustees I hope to be able to further two of my Humanist interests, namely, Education and the Environment. The School Visitor programme together with the ‘Young Humanists Scotland’ tie neatly into my enthusiasm for education, which, in turn, has also led me into studying for a degree in Environmental Science with the Open University.

On the personal front I have a keen interest in Music and Philosophy

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