My working life has been dedicated to serving the public and I specialise in providing a helping hand to families, during times of sadness.
I am a trained counsellor and have a detailed understanding of grief and the grieving process, which is of great benefit in my work.
Having served for thirty years as a Detective with West Yorkshire Police, I was in the CID, Child Protection and latterly , the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, where I specialised in Family Liaison.
I worked with bereaved families, gathering information and evidence. I gained great job satisfaction from knowing, that although the experience of losing a loved one was very hard for family members, I did my best to ensure that the investigation did not make their situation any worse.
Throughout my Police service, I worked on many high profile investigations, including the Selby Train Crash, the Huddersfield Fire, where eight members of one family were killed. I was the Family Liaison Officer on the Shannon Matthews investigation and the attempt murder of a young Polish woman, who was buried alive, but managed to escape from a shallow grave.
I have been recognised for my hard work on countless occasions, receiving Commendations, from Crown Court Judges and the Chief Constable.
I have appeared on television many times and have taken part in documentary programmes such as panorama, as well as The One Show and Look North.
In my role as an Accredited Funeral Celebrant, I am able to continue helping people following bereavement, ensuring the most difficult time, is navigated without added worries or stress.
I chose to train as an Independent Funeral Celebrant because it provides the opportunity for a perfectly balanced ceremony, as opposed to wholly religious, or a strictly non religious service such as Humanism.
I firmly believe that whatever the family choose, it is their right to give their loved one, the final goodbye they would have wanted.
Independent Funerals have the flexibility, for a service which truly reflects the life of the person who has died, whether they would want a prayer or not.
I can provide the best possible service, spending time with bereaved families to talk through the options and choices, to ensure that the funeral ceremony I deliver will not only meet their needs, but will bring great comfort in those dark days.