WHO I AM

 

I am an Oxford educated celebrant, creative facilitator, speaker, voiceover artist, writer and musician.

For over a dozen years, I have been creating experiences designed to connect us to our creativity, to each other, to ourselves and to the possibility of wonder.

As a non denominational celebrant, I design bespoke ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and bespoke rituals to honour other thresholds in our lives. I work with people of all values and beliefs, helping them to create meaningful rituals that celebrate the transitions of love, life and death, as well as working with organisations to bring ritual design into culture change.

As a creative facilitator, I remind individuals and organisations how to play, get creative and shift their perspective so that they see the world afresh. I have led bespoke experiential workshops for everyone from 7 year olds to CEOs, working with organisations as diverse as the Law Society, Lush, the London College of Communication, Leader’s Quest, Panasonic and the United Nations. I am an associate at Meeting Facilitators and Atmosphere where I bring my expertise in creativity, communication and how to make work feel like play.

I got into Oxford University to read English literature at the age of 16 and have studied everything from poetry to playwork and showmanship to shamanism, exploring a wide variety of personal development techniques and learning that many different paths lead to the same mountain top.

I am the “creative angel, sage, oracle and advisor in residence” - their words, not mine - at the Centre for Quantum Photonics in Bristol University, creating bespoke experiential adventures for a world leading department of quantum physicists.

In the last few months, I have been a keynote speaker at Google Campus, Sunday Assembly, Shambala Festival, the UN International Day of Happiness and my TEDx talk ‘Why we still need ritual’ has had over 11k views. 

I have been featured in Italian magazine Amica, The Sunday Times Style section and am featured in a forthcoming article in Psychologies magazine.  My role as celebrant at Grace Gelder’s self marriage in 2014 was part of a viral news story that was covered by international media outlets from broadsheets and tabloids to radio and talk shows the world over and in 2012, I co-produced a 36 hour long immersive theatre production for an audience of one in San Francisco in 2012, which was covered by the New York Times.

In 2005, I founded a successful not-for-profit called Eyeshine, reminding parents and children how to connect through playing in nature. In 2008, Eyeshine was granted £238k in BIG Lottery funding and went on to run residential workshops for hundreds of families.

As a voiceover artist, I have worked with clients such as the BBC, Pearson Education, AXA andTaylor Wimpey, and narrated the eight part series The Retreat which is now on Netflix

I am currently - albeit slowly - writing a book about secular rituals in the 21st century, collating my own experiences as well as powerful stories of how we as humans cope with the big transitions of life, love and death. I also write love letters to strangers and leave them in nooks all over the city.

I am also a prolific singer songwriter who has recorded and performed everywhere from India to Italy and LA to London, where I now live on my beautiful houseboat in the heart of the city.