People are often surprised to hear that my journey to becoming a celebrant began with my very first role as a dental nurse and receptionist.
I can still picture the nervous-looking eight-year-old boy who caught my eye and, sounding desperate, asked, “Will it hurt?” I thought for a moment then said, “It might hurt a bit. But I’ll be there to hold your hand, and it won’t last long.” I saw him relax, and felt the immense power that calm, honest, reassuring words can bring.
From that point on, I knew that I wanted to be of help to people when they need it most, an instinct that has given direction to my career ever since.
My first step was to train as a birth doula, becoming one of the first in the south west of England. This was a role I enjoyed for many years, giving me the privilege of supporting women, with care and commitment, as they brought their babies into the world.
I added baby massage and pregnancy yoga to my range of qualifications, and continue teaching yoga to this day.
Public speaking and storytelling have been part of my life for a long time – I’ve led workshops, courses and events in a variety of settings, on themes linked to my work.
I have a natural openness to different life choices. I’ve spent time travelling and met interesting people from all walks of life.