My grounding was eight years as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages - working with families at critical points in their lives, when they came to register the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one. Working with bereaved families was the most rewarding aspect of the job, treating them normally but in a friendly and professional manner. I conducted hundreds of weddings too, and the most important elements within every ceremony were the love, warmth and pride within the family.
Funerals are very similar and whilst there is sadness at the end of a life, there is much to celebrate too. There are always stories and memories to cherish.
I have always loved people; and was a trainer of legal topics for over twenty years. I had to put people at their ease before they could feel comfortable to learn.
On the home front, I am extremely proud of the family that I have made with my husband Peter, who is a quietly brilliant man. He is a building surveyor, specialising in historic buildings. We have two grown up daughters and a son-in-law; we all have a passion for travelling.