Committee Chair - Henry
"I have been a member of Chester Humanists for 3 years now and I am the current Chair for the group. This largely entails chairing the committee in planning the programme of events for the year, however, we have a strong committee so we steer each other quite well! As chair I introduce speakers at our events and ensure the smooth running of meet-ups.
"Humanism is more than a non-religious way of living your life, for me that plays a minor role in how I view Humanism. For me It’s about thinking for yourself and acting for others. My biggest message to people is to think critically and practice a healthy level of scepticism, use these skills to improve your life and those around you.
"A big influencer for me was and still is Prof Carl Sagan. His approach to viewing the universe as it truly is and not how we might like it to be has really shaped my thinking and led me to Humanism.
"Aside from Chester Humanists I am Head of Research for a Headhunting business. We have to be very thorough and objective when selecting the right candidates for often difficult to place roles. My training as a researcher was completed via a PhD which focused on Alternative Food Networks and Sustainable Development. I essentially developed a methodology for collecting a sample size that used Social Network Analysis.
Five Quick Questions
1. Where is the best place you've travelled to and why?
New York for sure! The people there were fantastic, the food was excellent and the city itself was breathtaking. It felt like I was in a movie when I was there!
2. If you could instantly become an expert in something what would it be and why?
I’m always cautious of the word ‘expert’ but having a lot of knowledge about emotional intelligence would be worth specialising in. I think that all starts with ‘listening’ properly.
3. What's your favourite movie quote?
Nobody puts Baby in the corner!
4. What's your favourite book?
Demon Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark - Carl Sagan
5. Describe yourself in 3 words
Inquisitive, optimistic and of course a humanist!