January 27, 2010

British Humanist Association announces new leader


by David Masters

The British Humanist Association (BHA) this week announced the appointment of Andrew Copson as its new chief executive.

Copson, 29, previously co-ordinated the BHA’s education work and public affairs activities.

The BHA works to promote a Humanist worldview and represents the interests of ethically concerned non-religious people in the UK.

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of leading the BHA, which is unique in its aims, experience, reach and representation,” Copson said.

“We need to encourage and support that massive proportion of the population who put human welfare at the heart of their ethics, who find meaning in the realities of existence rather than in their denial, and make the most of the one life they have without reference to a life to come.

“These humanist values are not only credible and coherent, they have generated some of the greatest achievements of humanity, and should be celebrated and advanced.”

BHA chair Robert Ashby welcomed Copson to the role and said the new CEO has the full support of the organisation’s 10,000 members.

“Andrew really understands the social and political milieu in which Humanism finds itself and has a track record of hard work and successes over the past year,” Ashby said.

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