A proud (older) mum to a cheeky adopted son, who is still in Primary School, I make the best of life! I love travelling, keeping up with current events, community intiatives, good dramas, music, boating on the Thames and reading. I attained a BA(Hons) in Literature at the University of London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and an MA in English at Oxford Brookes.
I was English teacher/lecturer to adults and children for over 26 years in London, Venezuela, Beijing, Hong Kong and in my hometown, Swindon. I much enjoyed the pastoral, tutoring aspects of my job so I do now find helping people very rewarding in my role as an Independent Celebrant. These teaching years have also given me a wealth of experience of writing and presenting effectively.
My life has had its own challenges -- including divorce, bereavement including the loss of my first-born son (whose natural burial I organised myself in 2004) and dealing with my own cancer treatment. Thus, I am able to empathise and work well with clients facing all kinds of issues. I possess an Enhanced CRB and am very used to working with people from all walks of life.
I wrote the service for my own wedding in 1990 and helped with many services. This led to me completing my training to deliver all kinds of services with the well-respected Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. During this training, I attended different courses in Sarum College, Salisbury for all types of Celebrancy. I keep abreast of new developments with constant advice and updates from my fellowship and other professional forums, both online and in person.