Our supporters

Academic advisory board

A C Grayling

New College of Humanities

Master of the New College of Humanities. Author of 30 books on philosophy, ideas, and human rights including The Meaning of Things and Democracy and it's Crises. Fellow of the World Economic Forum and the Royal Society of Literature.
Professor Noam Chomsky

MIT and Arizona University

Professor Emeritus at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics at Arizona. Chomsky is sometimes called "the father of modern linguistics" and is also the author of over 100 books and articles on philosophy, politics, the media, and war.
Prof James Doty

Stanford University

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Doty is also the Senior Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science (2017).
Dr Brian Goldman

Emergency physician, author, public speaker, and radio personality.
Dr Joe Hoover

Queen Mary, London

Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Reconstructing Human Rights and Interrogating Democracy in World Politics.
Prof Bill McKibben

Middlebury College

Bill McKibben is founder and senior adviser emeritus of 350.org. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages.
Prof Rainbow Murray

Queen Mary, London

Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University, London. Rainbow’s major publications include the books Parties, Gender Quotas and Candidate Selection in France and Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling.
Dr Kristin Neff

University of Texas

Associate Professor in Psychology at University of Texas. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct over fifteen years ago.
Prof Alice Roberts

University of Birmingham

Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham, a broadcaster, and author. Alice has presented numerous television shows including Coast, Digging for Britain, and Origins of Us. She has written seven popular science books.
Prof Peter Singer

Princeton University

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is author of Animal Liberation and founder of The Life You Can Save.
Dr Ala Sirriyeh

Lancaster Unviersity

Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. She is the author of the book The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy.
Prof Philip Zimbardo

Stanford University

Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and author of many psychology textbooks and academic pieces including The Lucifer Effect, The Time Paradox, and The Time Cure. He is also the founder and president of the Heroic Imagination Project.

Public Figures

Gillian Anderson

Actor

Gillian Anderson is an internationally acclaimed actor, author, and activist. She is best known for her roles in The X-Files and Sex Education.
Jamie Bamber

Actor

Known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica and Law and Order UK.
Rt Rev Paul Butler

Bishop of Durham

Bishop of Durham and member of the House of Lords.
Aditya Chakrabortty

Journalist

Senior economics commentator at the Guardian.
Dr David Hamilton

Psychologist

Author and the Kindness Tsar to Psychologies Magazine.
Dr Phil Hammond

Comedian

Medical doctor, comedian, and author of books including What Doctors Really Think and Stayling Live. He is the medical correspondent for Private Eye.
Dalai Lama

Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
Francesca Martinez

Comedian

Multi-award winning comedian, author of best-selling book What The **** Is Normal? and activist who organised the 2015 climate campaign This Changes Everything.
Cerys Matthews

Musician

Founding members of music group Catatonia, BBC Radio 6 presenter, and roving reporter for The One Show.
George Monbiot

Journalist

Guardian journalist, activist, and author of books such as Feral and Out of the Wreckage.
Helen Pankhurst

Activist

Granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and CARE International's senior adviser.
Laurie Penny

Writer

Activist and author, Penny's books include Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism and Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution. Their blog was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize.
Frances Ryan

Journalist

Journalist and author of Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People.
Richard Stone

Doctor and activist

Dr Stone served as a Cabinet Advisor to the Mayor of London, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, and spent five years on the Runnymede Trust's ‘Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia’, from 2000 to 2004 as chair.
Polly Toynbee

Journalist

Guardian journalist and vice-president of Humanists UK. Toynbee was named Columnist of the Year in 2007.
Ruby Wax

Comedian

Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, TV writer and performer of over 25 years. Ruby additionally holds a Master ’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health.

Supporters in Parliament

Alistair Carmichael MP

Liberal Democrats

MP for Orkney and Shetland and Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Northern Ireland.
Andy Slaughter MP

Labour

MP for Hammersmith.
Baroness Burt

Liberal Democrats

Member of the House of Lords.
Baroness Kennedy

Labour

Barrister, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Kennedy was formerly Chair of Charter 88.
Baroness Lister

Labour

Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and former Vice-Chair of the NCVO and Director of Child Poverty Action Group.
Baroness Masham

Crossbench

Disability campaigner who won Paralympic medals at the 1960, 64, and 68 Paralympic Games.
Baroness Massey

Labour

Former teacher and education adviser now member of the House of Lords.
Baroness Warsi

Conservative

Conservative member of the House of Lords and Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics. Former Minister of the Foreign Office.
Ben Lake MP

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion and Spokesperson for Media, Education, the Environment, Housing, Local Communities, and Health.
Caroline Lucas MP

Green

Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion. Winner of Observer Politician of the Year in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Catherine West MP

Labour

Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and Shadow Minister for Europe and Americas.
Christine Jardine MP

Liberal Democrats

MP for Edinburgh West. Party spokesperson for Exiting the EU, Trade, and the Treasury.
Clive Lewis MP

Labour

Labour MP for Norwich South.
Dan Jarvis MP

Labour

Mayor of Sheffield City.
Darren Jones MP

Labour

Labour MP for Bristol North West and Chair of the Committee for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.
Debbie Abrahams MP

Labour

Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics.
Derek Thomas MP

Conservative

MP for St Ives.
Frances Bedford MP

Labour

Labour MP for Florey, South Australia.
Geraint Davies MP

Labour

Labour MP for Swansea West.
Holly Lynch MP

Labour

Labour MP for Halifax and Shadow Minister for Immigration.
Ian Murray MP

Labour

Labour MP for Edinburgh South and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
Jess Phillips MP

Labour

Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley and Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding.
Jonathan Reynolds MP

Labour

Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
Kerry McCarthy MP

Labour

Labour MP for Bristol East and Shadow Minister for Green Transport.
Layla Moran MP

Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs.
Lilian Greenwood MP

Labour

Labour MP for Nottingham South.
Lisa Nandy MP

Labour

Labour MP for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
Liz Saville Roberts MP

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Plaid Leader in the House of Commons.
Lord Dubs

Labour

Labour member of the House of Lords.
Lord Kerslake

Crossbench

Former Head of the Civil Service and member of the House of Lords.

Supporting organisations

​​Action for Happiness
A movement committed to building a happier and more caring society.
Charter for Compassion
A global movement which aims to create a world in which everyone lives by the value of compassion.
Equality Trust
The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality.
Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering
The Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS) is a think-and-do tank working to design and promote the compassionate society of the future.
Safe Passage
UK charity campaigning for and helping child refugees find passages to safety.
Generation Rent
Working to ensure the voices of private renters are heard – by landlords, by policymakers, and by politicians.
Academics Stand Against Poverty Uk
A registered UK charity mobilising academic skills, resources and knowledge to help eradicate UK poverty and inequality.