Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood

Keith Porteous Wood is the Executive Director, formerly General Secretary, of the National Secular Society in the United Kingdom, a position he has held since 1996.

In 2007 he received the Distinguished Service to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union for his work in building up the National Secular Society and campaigning for secularism both nationally and internationally.


Before his appointment as National Secular Society General Secretary in 1996, Wood had been director of finance for companies in the wholesale and retail food distribution, financial services and insurance sectors [2].

As a leader in the IHEU, he has criticized the activities of the Holy See within the United Nations system and accused the Vatican of not fulfilling its political obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.[1]

Personal life

Wood is in a civil partnership with Terry Sanderson, the president of the National Secular Society. They had been together for over two decades before civil partnerships were introduced in 2005, and they entered into a civil partnership in 2006.[2]

See also


  1. UN: IHEU calls the Vatican to account over child abuse
  2. [1]

External links

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