Dorset Humanists is run by a committee of up to 12 of our members. Members can be co-opted onto the committee during the year and elected at the AGM in March. We try to be demographically diverse and currently we would particularly welcome expressions of interest from women. You would be expected to attend at least four committee meetings a year and volunteer your skills and talents to help Dorset Humanists to achieve its aims. The ability to work well as part of a team is a requirement of the role. Please have a word with David at one of our events if you would like more information.

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David Warden

David Warden is Chairman of Dorset Humanists, Humanist Advisor to Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth, Editor of Humanistically Speaking magazine, humanist representative on the Bournemouth and Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee, and an Honorary Member of Humanists UK. Before retirement, he was a business trainer. When he has time, he enjoys playing the piano. In this video he is interviewed by David Brittain who is the Founding Editor of Humanistically Speaking magazine.

Lyn Glass

Lyn Glass

Lyn Glass is our Vice Chair. Lyn's background is in corporate HR. She is a former Chair of Poole Arts Trust (Lighthouse), and board trustee director of BH Live (BIC, Pavilion, and 5 south coast leisure centres). Lyn is particularly fond of comedy and cats.


Daniel Dancey

Daniel is our Treasurer and Webmaster. Daniel is a graduate of Bournemouth University and he works in computer security. He's given us talks on computer security, artificial intelligence, and cryptography.


Steve Neel

Steve is our Membership Secretary and Librarian.

Dean Robertson

Dean Robertson

Dean Robertson has been on our team since 2013 and he was made Humanist of the Year 2022 in recognition of his long service. He enjoys our pub social nights and he cooks a superb curry for our AGM lunch. In 2023, he gave us a well-researched talk on the famous Dorset fossil collector Mary Anning.

John Kingston

John Kingston

John Kingston is a member of our audio-visual team and former Treasurer. He's a retired IT Project Manager and has been involved in local politics.

Phil Butcher

Phil Butcher

Phil Butcher is our main audio-visual technician and a former Humanist of the Year. Phil worked for over 40 years in the nuclear industry, mostly in the field of safety assessment, and for 13 years in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Simon Bowden

Simon is our Secretary. Simon is a retired BBC journalist and he has a keen interest in politics.

Simon Whipple

Simon Whipple

Simon Whipple is our speaker events co-ordinator. He was a junior officer in the Army, serving in the Falklands War, and subsequently he worked as a solicitor specialising in Social Welfare Law.

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Sally Hawksworth

Sally Hawksworth is a retired teacher and she represents Dorset Humanists on BCP SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). When not attending Dorset Humanists events she may be seen Molly dancing!

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Barry Newman

Barry is a retired intensive care consultant. He is a member of our schools visiting team and he represents Dorset Humanists on the Dorset SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). Barry has given us talks on assisted dying and the philosophy of science.


George Askwith

George has a PhD in Early English Monasticism and she works at Bournemouth University as a postgraduate research administrator. She is an active member of Faith to Faithless, a section of Humanists UK which supports people who are leaving high control religions.