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José Gonsalves

Jose Gonsalves, Chief Executive

Jose took on the role in 2013.

He has been an advocate for Reason as far back as he can remember. He also has a keen interest in astronomy and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Jose is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has held senior roles for various organisations in strategy, finance and management. He has been involved in the charity sector for several years and is a member of the Charity and Voluntary Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Daniel Trilling

Daniel Trilling, Editor

Daniel Trilling is editor of New Humanist.

He is a former assistant editor at the New Statesman and the author of Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain's Far Right (Verso Books). Follow Daniel on Twitter.

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Paul Sims

Paul Sims, Assistant Editor

Paul is Assistant Editor of New Humanist. He graduated from Oxford University, where he studied Modern History, in 2006, before joining the Rationalist Association in 2007. He is currently researching a PhD in the history of environmental politics at Queen Mary, University of London. You’ll find him on Twitter as @PaulDSims.

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Anna Vesterinen

Anna Vesterinen, Editorial Assistant and Administrator

Anna Vesterinen comes from Helsinki, Finland. She recently finished her Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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Lesley Stafford, Accountant


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