The list includes some of our finest thinkers, scientists and writers.

Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre

http://www.brookmyre.co.uk

HSS President from April 2008 to December 2015, Christopher Brookmyre is an award-winning novelist and playwright, often credited with the invention of the genre ‘Tartan Noir’. At the launch of the society’s education policy, he said “Children necessarily must invest the sincerest trust in what their teachers tell them. Thus the same institution that tells them one plus one equals two should not then be telling them that three persons add up to one God.”

Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman

Prof. Wiseman earned his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and is now Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has gained an international reputation for research into the psychology of luck, self-help, persuasion, and illusion. As well as his significant achievements as an experimental psychologist, Prof. Wiseman is also an accomplished magician and advocate for skepticism.

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead is a Scots’ poet and Scotland’s Makar (National Poet), succeeding Edwin Morgan who died in 2010. She is currently the Honorary President of the Caledonian Cultural Fellows at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has described herself as a humanist from the age of 14, where she grew up in what she calls ‘deepest darkest sectaria’.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

https://richarddawkins.net

“Darwin’s Rottweiler”, Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. An outspoken secular humanist, and sceptic, he first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, and has since written many best-selling popular books including The God Delusion.

Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

http://www.theguardian.com/profile/pollytoynbee

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee is a journalist and writer. A former BBC social affairs editor, she was associate editor of the Independent and co-editor of the Washington Monthly. Her many books include Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain and Lost Children: Story of Adopted Children Searching for Their Mothers (1985). She was appointed President of the British Humanist Association in July 2007.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

http://www.stephenfry.com

Polymath Stephen Fry is a writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker and television personality. In 2001 he began hosting QI, an intellectual panel game that has become one of the most-watched entertainment programmes on British television. He has spoken publicly about his experience with bipolar disorder and presented a documentary on the subject, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic-Depressive.

James Lovelock

James Lovelock

http://www.jameslovelock.org

James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS, PhD is an independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist who lives in Devon, England. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating system.

Iain Macwhirter

Iain Macwhirter

https://iainmacwhirter.wordpress.com

Iain Macwhirter is the Rector of the University of Edinburgh and an award-winning political commentator for The Herald and Sunday Herald. He has also been a presenter of BBC political television programmes from Westminster and Holyrood for nearly 20 years.

AC Grayling

AC Grayling

AC Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited many books on philosophy and other subjects, including a biography of humanist and literary critic, William Hazlitt. For nearly 10 years, he was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British Philosophical Association, the Aristotelian Society.

Ken Loach

Ken Loach

Ken Loach is a film and television director known for his thoughtful, socially critical directing style. His most recent work, I, Daniel Blake received the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival, the second of his films to win the prestigious award. He has spoken out strongly in support of Humanism, stating “Freedom of belief – or non-belief – is a fundamental human right. Religious creeds and doctrine should play no part in our public life. In particular, the indoctrination of children in separate faith schools is pernicious and divisive.”