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Our patrons

Humanists UK is supported in its work by an extensive list of patrons who lend their association and public profile to the humanist cause in a variety of ways. Some have been appointed as patrons for their specific contributions to human rights, equality, and justice; others for contributions to humanist philosophy; and some for artistic achievements which have helped to shed light on the human condition. Many others are recognised for specific work in science, or journalism, or furthering human welfare.

Our patrons are all individuals with unique and varying opinions, points of view, and stances on many issues, and naturally they don’t speak for Humanists UK on every subject where they have opinions. What they have in common is their public support for Humanists UK, our advocacy work, our services, and our campaigns. Collectively they showcase the diversity of humanist thinking, and humanist achievement, in public life.

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Our President and Vice Presidents

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Dr Adam Rutherford
Geneticist, author, broadcaster, and President of Humanists UK
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Professor Alice Roberts
Anatomist, author, broadcaster, and Vice President of Humanists UK
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Shaparak Khorsandi
Comedian, author, and Vice President of Humanists UK
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili CBE
Scientist, author, broadcaster, and Vice President of Humanists UK
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Polly Toynbee
Columnist, broadcaster, and Vice President of Humanists UK
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Professor A C Grayling CBE
Writer, philosopher, and Vice President of Humanists UK

Our patrons

Graham Allen
Labour MP for Nottingham North from 1987 to 2017,
John Amaechi OBE
Psychologist and author
Adèle Anderson
Actress, singer, and patron of Humanists UK
Dr Iolo ap Gwynn FRMS
Scientist, mountaineer, and patron of Humanists UK
Peter Atkins
Scientist and author
John Austin
Politician
David Baddiel
Comedian, writer, and television presenter,
Dr Julian Baggini
Writer, philosopher, and patron of Humanists UK
Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE
Journalist, television presenter, and Labour Party peer,
Angela Barnes
Comedian
Lorraine Barrett
Celebrant and former Member of the Welsh Assembly
Dr Richard Bartle
Professor of Computer Game Design
Siân Berry AM
Green Party member of the London Assembly, and author
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon)
Distinguished human rights lawyer
Piers Bizony
Science journalist
Professor Simon Blackburn
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and member of the Humanist Philosophers’ Group
Dr Susan Blackmore
Writer, lecturer and broadcaster
Baroness Blackstone
Labour life peer
Sir David Blatherwick, KCMG, OBE
Diplomat and writer
Sir Tom Blundell
Distinguished scientst
Liv Boeree
Science broadcaster and poker champion
Rt Hon Nick Brown MP
Labour MP
Alan Brownjohn
Writer and poet
Ed Byrne
Comedian
Sir Roy Calne FRS
Pioneering transplant surgeon
Don Cameron MBE
Aeronautical engineer and balloon manufacturer
Colin Campbell
Sociologist
Peter Cave
Philosopher, author, speaker, and lecturer
Colin Challen
Labour politician, and campaigner on climate change
Michael Clapham
Labour politician
Michael Connarty
Former Labour MP
Sue Cook
Author, journalist, and broadcaster
The Viscount Craigavon
Crossbench peer
Dr Helena Cronin
Co-Director, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE
Dr Helen Czerski
Physicist
Matthew d'Ancona
Journalist and author
Sir Richard Dalton
Former diplomat
Professor Richard Dawkins FRS
Scientist, author, and former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford
Jonathan Derbyshire
Philosopher and journalist
Dr Kate Devlin
Computer scientist and writer
Louise Doublet
Jersey States Deputy
Lord Dubs
Labour peer
Maureen Duffy
Poet, playwright, novelist,
Robin Dunbar
Evolutionary psychologist
Angela Eagle MP
Labour MP
Janet Ellis
Actress, presenter, broadcaster, and writer
Professor Sir Anthony Epstein CBE FRS
Eminent pathologist and virologist,
Dylan Evans
Academic and science writer
Hermione Eyre
Journalist and author
Zoë Fairbairns
Feminist writer
The Viscount Falkland
Crossbench peer
Jane Fallon
Author
Ken Follett
Novelist
James Forder
Economist
The Rt Hon the Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, PC
Labour peer
Kate Fox
Anthropologist and author
Professor Chris French
Professor of psychology
Nick Frost
Actor
Stephen Fry
Actor, comedian, writer, and presenter
Timothy Garton Ash
Historian
Nicci Gerrard
Writer and journalist
Ricky Gervais
Comedian
Professor Jonathan Glover
Philosopher
Anne Glover
Professor of biology, and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission
Sir Francis Graham-Smith, FRS, FRAS, F Inst P
Eminent astronomer
Sarah Hall
Novelist
David Hand
Eminent statistician
Felicity Hannah
Journalist
Dr Evan Harris
Former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament
Professor John Harris
Philosopher, and bio-ethicist
Ellie Harrison
Naturalist and broadcaster
Lord Harrison
Labour peer
Tony Hawks
Comedian, Writer, Musician and Philanthropist
Alan Haworth
Philosopher
Natalie Haynes
Comedian and writer
Matthew Healy
Singer and guitarist
Isaac Hempstead Wright
Actor
Richard Herring
Writer and stand-up comedian
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Actor and campaigner
Jon Holmes
Writer, comedian, and broadcaster
Mary Honeyball
Former Labour Member of the European Parliament
Martin Horwood
Former Liberal Democrat MP
Philip Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath OBE
Labour life peer
Julian Huppert
Academic and former MP
Robin Ince
Comedian
Dr Michael Irwin
Retired doctor and assisted dying campaigner
Professor Saiful Islam
Professor of Materials Chemistry, and Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 2016
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys FRS
Discoverer of DNA fingerprinting
Dr Christian Jessen
Doctor, writer, and broadcaster
Professor Steve Jones
Professor of Genetics, science writer, and broadcaster
Anish Kapoor
Sculptor
Randal Keynes OBE
Author and great-great grandson of Charles Darwin
Professor Sir David King FRS
Distinguished scientist
Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead
Labour politician and life peer
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Kinnock PC
Labour politician
Laura Lacole and Eunan O'Kane
Model, footballer, and humanist marriage campaigners
Warren Lakin
Entertainment producer and writer
Simon Le Bon
Singer
Sally Le Page
Evolutionary biologist and science educator
Professor John A Lee
Consultant Histopathologist
Stewart Lee
Comedian, broadcaster, and lyricist of 'Jerry Springer the Opera'
Mike Leigh
Writer and director
Mike Little
Co-founder of WordPress
Ralf Little
Actor, writer, and producer
Ken Loach
Film director
Angus John "Gus" Macdonald, Baron Macdonald of Tradeston, CBE, PC
Labour peer and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group
Norman MacLean SDA, BSc, PhD, FLS, FIBiol.
Biologist
Kenan Malik
Writer and broadcaster
Zoe Margolis
Writer, journalist, and best-selling blogger
Eddie Marsan
Actor
Henry Marsh
Leading neurosurgeon
Bob Marshall-Andrews QC
Barrister and occasional novelist, former Labour MP for Medway
S I Martin
Writer, historian, journalist, and teacher
Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen
Health educator
Ian McEwan
Writer
Tim McGarry
Comedian and actor
Professor (em.) Pat McKeown OBE FREng
Pioneer of modern high precision engineering
Professor Sheila McLean FRSE, FRCGP, FRSA
Director of the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Glasgow University
Jonathan Meades
Writer and broadcaster
Stephanie Merritt
Critic, feature writer, and novelist
Fiona Millar
Journalist
Tim Minchin
Musician, actor, comedian, and writer
Suzanne Moore
Journalist
James Moran
Screenwriter
Julie Morgan MS
Welsh Labour politician
Andrew Mueller
Journalist and author
Diane Munday
Campaigner
Dame Jenni Murray
Broadcaster and writer
Kristian Nairn
Actor and DJ
Jane Nicklinson
Assisted dying campaigner
Kimberley Nixon
Actress
Professor Richard Norman
Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy and founder-member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group,
Paul Nurse
Eunan O'Kane
Sara Pascoe
Actor, writer, and comedian
Christina Patterson
Writer and journalist
Hannah Peel
Artist, producer, and composer
Professor Sir Roger Penrose FRS, OM
Distinguished mathematical physicist
Professor Kate Pickett
Academic and writer
Colin Pickthall
Former Labour MP
Lucy Porter
Actress, writer, and comedian
Martin Poulter
Distinguished skeptic, and speaker on cults and critical thinking
Simon Price
Music journalist, writer, and DJ
Chris Price
Head of Music at BBC Radio 1
Sir Philip Pullman CBE
Author
Nichola Raihani
Richard Reeves
Writer, commentator, and speaker
Matt Ridley FRSL FMedSci
Science writer and Chairman of the International Centre for Life
Jon Ronson
Journalist and writer
Professor Steven Rose
Scientist and writer
Nick Ross
Broadcaster
Martin Rowson
Writer and cartoonist
Michael Rubenstein
Writer and adviser on employment and discrimination law
Salman Rushdie
Author
Professor Wendy Savage
Obstetrician, gynaecologist, women's rights campaigner, academic
Stephen Sedley
Human rights lawyer
Ariane Sherine
Writer
Simon Singh
Science writer
Paul Sinha
Doctor, quizzer, and comedian
Professor Stephen Smartt
Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast
Joan Smith
Journalist, author, and human rights activist
Kate Smurthwaite
Comedian, columnist, and political activist
Dan Snow MBE
British television presenter and historian
Wole Soyinka
Playwright, poet, and activist
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion
Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE
Actor
Miriam Stoppard
Doctor, columnist, and author
Joy Swift
Professor Raymond Tallis FMedSci
Physician, philosopher, author, and poet
Peter Tatchell
Human rights campaigner
Lord Taverne QC
Liberal Democrat peer
Professor Laurie Taylor
Sociologist
Jamie Theakston
Radio and TV presenter
Sir Keith Thomas MA, FBA
Historian
Baroness Thornton
Labour peer
Sandi Toksvig
Comedian, playwright, novelist, and TV personality
Carole Tongue
Former MEP
Frank Turner
Singer-songwriter
Stephen Volk
Screenwriter and author
Baroness Whitaker
Former civil servant and Labour life peer
Catie Wilkins
Comedian, writer, podcaster, and children's author
Zoe Williams
Journalist
Professor Richard Wiseman
Psychologist and magician
Leanne Wood
Former politician
Professor John Worrall
Professor of Philosophy
Jane Wynne Willson
Writer

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