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We have an office staff, representatives at international bodies, as well as occasional volunteers. Staff can be reached via our Contact page.


Gary McLelland – Chief Executive

Gary joined IHEU in February 2017. Before this he worked for the Humanist Society Scotland since 2013 as Head of Communications and Public Affairs. He has also previously served as a Board member of the European Humanist Federation based in Brussels, as well as a board member of the Scottish Joint Committee on Religious and Moral Education.

Before working in Humanist campaigning, Gary worked for a global citizenship project at the Mercy Corps European headquarters in Edinburgh, and also in policy and service delivery in education and social work.

He has a BSc (hons) in psychology, a diploma in childhood and youth studies and master’s in human rights law, in which he researched the approach of the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations’ approach to so-called ‘blasphemy laws’.

Bob Churchill – Director of Communications and Campaigns

As well as managing our communications strategy and online presence, Bob coordinates campaigns including IHEU’s contribution to the End Blasphemy Laws campaign, and serves as editor of the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report, which monitors the rights, legal status and discrimination against non religious people around the world.

Prior to joining the staff of the IHEU, Bob worked for three and a half years with the British Humanist Association as Head of Membership and Promotion and volunteered for a year with the Uganda Humanist Association.

Bob is a trustee of the Conway Hall Ethical Society and the Karen Woo Foundation. He holds a BA (hons) in Philosophy from the University of Warwick and serves on the boards of two UK charities.

Elizabeth O’Casey – Director of Advocacy

Elizabeth started as director of advocacy in January 2016, after two years heading the IHEU’s delegation to the UN in Geneva. She focuses her work on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, LGBT rights and the rights of women, particularly in relation to religious, traditional and cultural practices.

Elizabeth manages IHEU advocacy work at a number of institutions, including at the UN in Geneva, New York and Paris, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and Africa Commission on Human and Peoples Rights. She is also a Vice Chair of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief (in Geneva), an International Patron for the Pink Triangle Trust and an International Advisor at the Raif Badawi Foundation.

Elizabeth has a PhD in International Political Theory from the London School of Economics, where she was a Michael Leifer Scholar. She has spent time as a Global Justice fellow at Yale University, worked in various policy and advocacy positions in the UK and EU, and has also worked as a consultant on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is based in Brussels.

Giovanni Gaetani – Growth and Development Officer

Giovanni joined IHEU in January 2017. His main task is to reach new individual contacts and humanist organizations in those areas of the world where IHEU is underrepresented, and to work for the development of existing Member Organizations worldwide.

In April 2016 Giovanni obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Rome “Tor Vergata” University with a thesis entitled “If you want to be a philosopher, write novels. The philosophy of Albert Camus”. He has published more than thirty academic papers in English, French, and Italian mainly on the philosophy of Camus and Nietzsche. He has published also many articles on secularism, liberalism, and pluralism in different international revues and blogs.

Before joining the IHEU, Giovanni worked as a volunteer for the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR). In 2013 he won the UAAR best thesis prize with his work on “Nihilism and Responsibility at the age of God’s death in Nietzsche and Camus”.

United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva Delegation

  • Elizabeth O’Casey — Head of Delegation
  • Kacem El Ghazzali

United Nations, New York Delegation

  • Margaretha Jones
  • Sylvain Ehrenfeld
  • John Wagner

Council of Europe

  • Renate Bauer
  • Michel Grosmann
  • Françoise Olivier-Utard
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