Humanists UK has welcomed two new patrons: the co-founder of WordPress, Mike Little and the award-winning journalist Felicity Hannah.
Mike Little is the co-founder of the widely used website building tool, WordPress. As an open source project, WordPress has since been developed by a huge worldwide community and today powers more than 40% of the web. As well as his WordPress specialist company, zed1.com, Little runs the award-winning I’m a Scientist Get me Out of Here, an online, student-led resource connecting school pupils considering a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with scientists through real-time, web-based chats. He has worked on a number of UK government WordPress sites, including that of No 10 Downing Street, which explains the work of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office, from 2008-2010.
Felicity Hannah is a freelance print and broadcast journalist specialising in consumer affairs and personal finance. She regularly presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money and R4’s Money Box Live, as well as appearing as a commentator across TV and radio. Felicity regularly writes for The Times, Independent, Mirror and many other publications. In 2020 she was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the Headlinemoney Awards.
Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented:
‘It’s a pleasure to have two new patrons onboard: Mike, whose passion for open source and accessibility means that WordPress now powers a colossal 40% of the web, and Felicity, whose contributions to journalism, including on many issues of interest to humanists, have earned her national recognition. We all look forward to working with them!’
Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. Powered by over 100,000 members and supporters, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We provide ceremonies, pastoral care, education, and support services benefiting over a million people every year and our campaigns advance humanist thinking on ethical issues, human rights, and equal treatment for all.
Humanists UK has over 170 patrons who support its work in various ways through their expertise and prominence in various fields. Existing patrons include significant figures from the spheres of science, philosophy, human rights activism, politics, the arts, and broadcasting. The President of Humanists UK is the anatomist, author, and broadcaster, Professor Alice Roberts. She is supported by Vice Presidents Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor AC Grayling, Shappi Khorsandi, and Polly Toynbee.