Three new patrons for Humanists UK

13 September, 2023

Pictured from left: Natasha Walter, David Lindo, and Susie Alegre

Humanists UK is thrilled to introduce its latest patrons: Natasha Walter, David Lindo, and Susie Alegre! These three outstanding individuals join our esteemed roster of over 200 patrons, spanning the realms of arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community activism.

Natasha Walter, a writer and campaigner, has authored influential works like Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism and The New Feminism. Her new book, about the inspiration she takes from her mother’s life, is Before the Light Fades: a memoir of grief and resistance. She’s also the founder of Women for Refugee Women. Her father was leading humanist and freethinker Nicolas Walter, an engaging writer and principled activist who campaigned against the laws governing blasphemy and assisted dying, as well as for peace and nuclear disarmament, and the former editor of New Humanist.

David Lindo, a broadcaster, writer, speaker renowned as ‘The Urban Birder’, passionately connects urbanites worldwide to nature through birds. With multiple books – including How To Be An Urban Birder and The Extraordinary World of Birds – and numerous TV appearances under his belt, he received the prestigious HH Bloomer Award in 2021 by the Linnean Society of London, and even has a play based on his life.

Susie Alegre is an international lawyer and author who brings her legal skills and a background in philosophy to answer the key ethical questions of our time. As an expert on tech ethics and neuroscience through the lens of human rights, she is the author of Freedom to Think, chosen as one of the Financial Times’ Best Summer Books of 2022, and has been longlisted for the Moore Prize for Human Rights Writing.

Commenting on their appointment, Chief Executive Andrew Copson said:

‘We’re thrilled to welcome Natasha Walter, David Lindo, and Susie Alegre as our newest patrons, adding their diverse talents to our esteemed roster of over 200 patrons across various fields. From feminist thought, to sharing the joys of the natural environment, to answering some of the key ethical questions of our time, their dedication to the arts, science, and activism aligns perfectly with our work at Humanists UK.’ 


For further comment or information, media should contact Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson at or phone 020 7324 3072 or 020 3675 0959.

Humanists UK has 200 patrons who support its work in various ways through their expertise and prominence in various fields. Existing patrons include significant figures from the spheres of science, philosophy, human rights activism, politics, the arts, and broadcasting. The President of Humanists UK is the geneticist, science writer, and broadcaster, Dr Adam Rutherford. He is supported by Vice Presidents Professor Alice Roberts, Shaparak Khorsandi, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor AC Grayling, and Polly Toynbee.

Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. Powered by 100,000 members and supporters, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We provide ceremonies, pastoral care, education, and support services benefitting over a million people every year and our campaigns advance humanist thinking on ethical issues, human rights, and equal treatment for all.