Meet The Board

Chair: Megan Crawford

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Megan Crawford was born in Texas and moved to the UK in 2013. She earned her MSc (merit) in Behavioural & Economic Sciences from the University of Warwick, and a BA (distinction) each in Cognitive Psychology and Philosophy from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Shortly after moving to Glasgow to continue her research, she joined the SSS. Megan is a PhD researcher inStrategy and Organisation at Strathclyde University. Working in the field of decision science, her present research is investigating cognitive heuristics and biases in strategic decision making. Megan’s academic work is published in a variety of fields, including business, economics, psychology, and linguistics. Before Megan left Texas, she co-founded the student-led organisation Individuals for Free-thought (IF), the only recognised atheist, humanist, or secular group in her university’s history. During her time at the University of Warwick, Megan helped the current president revamp the Warwick Atheist, Secular, Humanist (WASH) society. Megan is interested in aiding the secularisation of states. Coming from a constitutionally secular country, but seeing the privileges of religion not only run unopposed, but bolstered by her own politicians, Megan is keen to help define and establish clear lines between religion and state. She fights to protect citizens and organisations from all forms of religious persecution, to end the privileges afforded religious representatives and organisations by the state, and to protect those same religions from overzealous prohibitive laws.

 

Vice Chair: Malcolm Macqueen

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Malcolm Macqueen MRSC C.Chem is current President of the Glasgow Theosophical Society. His interests include scientific research and environmentalism, in particular climate change, and the study of religion and philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary: Charlie Lynch

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Charlie Lynch MA (hons) M.Litt. Secretary to the Board and Events Convener, is a historian of Post War Scotland, Ireland and Britain. He is currently completing his doctoral research into aspects of the history of sexuality and the 1960s cultural revolution in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. As a secularist and atheist, Charlie is interested in questions of faith and belief in education and wider society, as well as in the ideological compatibility between secularism and other ethical and materialist life stances. He has organised the Scottish Secular Society’s popular Glasgow lectures and meetings since 2012.

 

 

 

Treasurer: Laureen Gilmour

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Laureen Gilmour is a mother and university student studying Education and History. As a parent as well as a secularist and atheist she believes that everyone is entitled to follow and practice their faith free from persecution but that faith should be kept at home in their chosen place of worship and not privileged in education.

 

 

 

 

 

Science Advisor: Emeritus Professor Paul Braterman

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Paul Braterman, MA, DPhil, DSc, Science Adviser to the Board, is a science writer, Emeritus Professor (former Regents Professor) at the University of North Texas, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow (former Reader) in the Chemistry Department of the University of Glasgow, where he now resides. He is the author of over 130 formal scientific publications, two technical books, and one popular science book (From Stars to Stalagmites, World Scientific Publishing 2012) which was selected for the Scientific American bookclub. His research, which was supported by NASA, the (US) National Science Foundation and the (UK) Science and Engineering Research Council, included topics related to evolution, the origins of life, and conditions on the early Earth.

Paul is particularly interested in defending science from those who seek to undermine it, for religious or political reasons. He has spoken at the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the Edinburgh International Science Festival, as well as numerous Humanist and Skeptics groups. He is on the boards of the British Centre for Science Education and the Scottish Secular Society, and his blog Primate’s Progress: Exploring Science; Explaining Evolution; Exposing Creationism has attracted over 145,000 hits to date. His most recent project is the preparation of background materials for teachers, such as those at the primary level or concerned with religion or philosophy at secondary level, who are not themselves scientists by training but find themselves discussing our current understanding of the origin of Earth and the Universe, the evolution of life, and the scientific challenges facing humankind this century.

 

Board members (without portfolio):

Caroline Lynch

Caroline Lynch is the founder and rst Chair of the Scottish Secular Society, serving from April 2012 to April 2014. A passionate believer in secularism, Caroline created the Scottish Secular Society in order to utilise the drive and passion of members of a Facebook group, in order to achieve real change in Scotland and to make our country more secular.Prior to the SSS, Caroline was involved in the successful campaign to end the inclusion of Young Earth Creationism at the Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre in Ireland. Caroline’s interest in secularism was kindled when, as a mother, she experienced religious prejudice against her son rsthand in Scottish schools. With a background in business management and equality law, Caroline felt driven to act to ensure other parents don’t face the same challenges unsupported, and eventually to end state sanctioned religious discrimination altogether.Caroline’s vision for secularism in Scotland is to create a state where all are regarded as equal, regardless of religion, sexuality, gender or race. “Members of one belief group should not benet from privileges above those of other beliefs or non-belief. In a secular state, all are free to believe or not as they see fit, and religion is neither promoted nor persecuted.”

 

 

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is an ex ocio board member of the Scottish Secular Society. Mark was the parent responsible for raising the petition at the Scottish Parliament, seeking a change in the law that would make Religious Observance in Scottish schools an opt-in activity rather than an opt-out one. Mark has particular interest in the nexus of religion, education and the law and is happy to advise parents on their rights regarding Religious Education and Religious Observance. He has appeared in the media a number of times in support of his campaigning with the society. Mark now lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children. He is an engineer working for a global manufacturing company. Aside from his activities in secularism he is a keen amateur photographer and an aspiring novelist.

 

Patrick Mackie

Patrick Mackie is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner by profession, and passionate about human rights and equality by instinct. His long career in practical public health has convinced him of the need for inequalities of all types to be tackled so that people can thrive, living healthy and productive lives. Having moved back to Scotland twelve years ago, he has become aware of the pervasive influence of religion in Scottish public life. A convinced supporter of freedom of religion, philosophy and thought, he looks to build a Scotland in which no-one is disadvantaged or privileged simply because of their beliefs or the lack of them. In his spare time, he enjoys walking in the Highlands, photography and singing in a local choral group.

 

 

 

Tom Dalton

Tom Dalton is a postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow in the History department.