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Our 2023 team is made up of volunteers based in England and Africa. We are diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, educational background, and political viewpoints. We give our time to this project on a voluntary basis because we're passionate about the values of humanism and we're keen to promote awareness and understanding of the humanist approach to life.

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David Brittain

Founding Editor

In 2019, my vision was to create a regional 'general-interest-to-humanists' magazine that might become big enough to attract a decent readership, but still able to report on local humanist groups, and local initiatives. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our team, Humanistically Speaking was launched on 1st January 2020 and we've gone from strength to strength since then. We've covered a huge variety of topics from a humanist angle, including the pandemic, the BLM protests, the invasion of Ukraine, and much much more. A big thank you to all of our contributors and readers!


David Warden


I’m the Chairman of Dorset Humanists, Humanist Advisor to Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth Faith & Reflection Team, and an Honorary Member of Humanists UK. I regularly visit schools to inform students about humanism, both on my own and also with faith representatives. I'm also the humanist representative on the Bournemouth & Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee. I value Humanistically Speaking as a lively, independent grassroots magazine which aims to connect humanists around the world and raise awareness of humanism and the humanist outlook. 

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Aaron the Humanist

Design Editor and Writer

I aim to bring our storybook of words alive and make it visually appealing with graphics, images and some stylish design tinkering. I’m based in Dorset and have interests in fitness, outdoors, military, and psychology. My overall aim is to promote and grow humanism. I'm a former 'Humanist of the Year' for Dorset Humanists. 

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Maggie Hall


I'm a former Chair of Brighton Humanists, a volunteer school speaker and a retired teacher of Speech and Drama. I have a life-long interest in the power of the spoken and the written word and a very annoying tendency toward grammar pedantry. 

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John Coss

Assistant Editor and Writer

I’m Vice-Chair of Stockport Humanists and  was Secretary of Greater Manchester Humanists 2007-2015. I hope to provide some input to Humanistically Speaking from outside its region of origin, and contribute to its ongoing development as a lively and topical humanist magazine of interest to both local groups and those who are not members of a group.


Penny Morgan


I'm a retired zoologist who specialised in bird behaviour, and took a post-retirement law degree. Now, I try to write thrillers with an animal welfare theme. I live in hope these will become best-sellers and turned into films. I love planting trees - you can never have enough. I feel passionately that conservation of biodiversity is the only way to save the planet.


Karl Singarvelan Raha


I’m of Indian origin and currently based in London. I’m a member of the Indian Humanist Group which is led by Babu Gogineni (a prominent humanist in India). I completed my master’s degree in human resource management at the University of Leeds. I’m from a pious Hindu community, but my questioning and learning attitude made me choose rationalism, humanism, socialism, reformism, progressivism and Democratic Confederalism (a Kurdistan political philosophy based on the principles of democratic self-organisation). I’m interested in speaking out against the caste system in India, gender-based inequality, economic inequality, children’s rights, worker rights and other inequalities.

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Anthony Lewis


I'm a retired geoscientist with a PhD in Geophysics from Durham University. I spent 30 years exploring for oil and gas around the world with Shell and BG Group. I'm the founding Chair of Windsor Humanists and the current Chair of the South Central England Humanist Network. I'm  a trained humanist school speaker and I sit on my local Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education to represent the non- religious perspective. I'm also active in two local interfaith groups in the East Berkshire area. In my spare time I love to create electronic music - my first album d-antz under the name antzlewis can be listened to on all main streaming and music sites. I'm a passionate advocate for innovation, science, new technology and for celebrating life in all its natural or virtual forms. I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 'Troubles' as an English Catholic boy. I asked too many questions and this brought an early end to my altar boy career at the age of eleven! I'm married to Rick and I'm a born optimist.

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