The Tyneside Group of the North East Humanists was founded in 1957, but organised secularism in the North East had been active from the 1860s. Together with the Teesside Group we adopted the name North East Humanists in 1997. Charitable status was achieved in February 2006.
Humanists are concerned with values and moral issues from a non-religious viewpoint and with the achievement of a more open, just and caring society.
We express our concern for others by supporting a local charity each year. Currently that charity is Equal Arts. We also support the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust by providing bursaries to enable disadvantaged pupils to go to secondary school.
Through affiliation with Humanists UK, the National Secular Society (NSS), the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), we have representation of Humanist interests with the UK Government, the European Union and the United Nations.
Some of the Trustees
The Trustees of North East Humanists are elected each year by the NEH members at the AGM in March. They meet once a month and make the day to day decisions for NEH. Strategic decisions are made at the AGM. The present Trustees ( 2018/19) are:
Chair: Mike Turner
Vice-Chair: Susan Walker
Treasurer: Philip Barraclough
Secretary: Ron Armstrong
Membership Secretary: Moira Turner
Education Officer: Kate Hinton
Non-Officer Trustees: Jan Mole, Ed Gibney, Tony Wild, Les Milne and Terry Waites