BHA’s David Pollock receives prestigious international award

BHA Trustee and President of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) David Pollock has been given an award by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the World Humanist Congress in Oslo.

David Pollock was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service to Humanism Award.

2011 marks David Pollock’s fiftieth active year in the humanist movement, since he first became involved with the Oxford University Humanists in 1961.

Since that time he has made an enormous contribution to Humanism both in Britain and internationally. He has been President of the EHF since 2006 and in those five years has been relentless in pursuing the humanist agenda of secularism, human rights and equality within European and international institutions: the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the OSCE in Vienna, the EU institutions in Brussels. He has been a director of the New Humanist magazine for over 30 years and a trustee of the BHA for 24 years, serving as its chair in the 1970s.

In more recent years he has chaired the BHA’s Parliamentary Working Group and has worked tirelessly on its public policy and campaigning agenda. He has been counted an invaluable colleague by the last two Chief Executives of the Association and a mentor and friend by its current one. He has contributed original thought to the movement as well as personal dynamism, most recently in relation to the question of conscientious objection, a most difficult issue.

When not to be found in his almost full time Humanism, he is cataloguing rare prints in the Museum of London, volunteering for the National Theatre, digging up Roman remains as an amateur archaeologist, or digging his garden. A civilised and dynamic human being in his private as well as public life.

We at the BHA would like to add our thanks and congratulations to David.

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