A Bit About Me...
Aside from being a celebrant, I am also an artist and a musician. I studied at the Falmouth School of Art and afterwards worked for many years as a commercial illustrator. More recently, I moved into pottery and sculpture and designed my own chess set which I now make in my home studio and ship all over the world. My next goal is to complete my pottery studio, which is currently under construction in my back garden.
I play the saxophone in a busy 6-piece band called The Meanies, performing at music festivals, pubs, clubs and parties playing soul, funk, rock, northern soul and ska tunes. I spent 10 years of my youth in the Royal Anglian Regiment as a bandsman and medic and have also taught saxophone, clarinet and flute in schools and continue to do so privately. I also love to play the piano (quite badly, but that's just for me!)
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to the arts and music and becoming a celebrant has been the ultimate expression of this - creativity, performance and expression.
Humanism and I...
I have always ticked the 'None' box when asked about my faith, but I didn't know that I had a humanist outlook on life until I wanted to celebrate my two children's arrival into the world. A lovely guy from what was then the British Humanists Association came along and delivered the most wonderful, personal and meaningful naming ceremonies. I understood at once this is how ceremonies should be and knew that I wanted to become a celebrant one day. And here I am! It was the best thing I have ever done; a truly humbling and transformative experience that never fails to make me feel enormously privileged.
I love what I do and am passionate about people, writing and delivering the best ceremonies I can.
A Note About Style...
I would describe my style as relaxed and natural, and in much the same bearing as I am normally. The important factor for me is that a ceremony is authentically written and delivered with integrity, whether it is a celebration of marriage or a celebration of someone's life.