I am an accredited humanist celebrant, living in Portishead, near Bristol.
I work across the South West leading wedding, civil partnership, vow-renewal, funeral, end-of-life and memorial ceremonies across the region.
We all have significant milestones or transitions where we want to celebrate our lives, including births, marriages, partnerships, separation, as well the end of our lives. A humanist ceremony allows you to meet your needs, and those of your loved ones, in a unique way and without any reliance on religious content.
As a firm believer of living in a fair and inclusive society, of living ethically and being the best human we can be, I have considered myself a humanist for most of my adult life. I don't have any religious beliefs and I first learned about the British Humanist Association when my partner and I were getting married 25 years ago.
We chose to have a humanist ceremony and I've regarded myself as a humanist ever since. After my experience of a humanist wedding, I knew that one day I wanted to become a celebrant to help people mark these significant milestones.
In 2017, my own life events as well as the death of my father led to a period of self-reflection where I decided to pursue my aim of becoming a celebrant. I now enjoy helping people through some of the most important milestones in their lives and find it extremely rewarding.
I first trained in the Arts and with a Master's degree in Education, I was later a University Lecturer. For many years I worked at The University of the West of England, where I was Head of School of Art & Design, and prior to that I led post-graduate teacher-training courses in the Education Department.
Listening and communicating has always been a large part of my work, and this comes in useful as a celebrant when I work with you or your loved ones to write up a personal script and incorporate the right symbolic gestures for your ceremony.
Being creative proves especially useful to help you design the perfect ceremony to meet your needs.