Check out who our awesome workshop hosts and presenters are below.
Natasha Johnson (She/her)
As well as being the co-director of the Celebrants Collective, Natasha has been a wedding celebrant for 16 years in the Costa Del Sol, Spain and before that she had a long career at the BBC as a radio reporter and newsreader. Passionate about communicating and engaging audiences through words and energy, Natasha loves to inspire other celebrants to think beyond their ceremony scripts. As well as being a tutor for the Celebrants Collective wedding training course, and mentor for celebrant members, Natasha also co-hosts the Celebrant Survival Podcast with Claire Bradford.
Photo of Natasha by Barney Walters Photography
Claire Bradford (She/her)
Claire came to celebrancy from a varied career path that included being an English teacher, working for the Church of England and a long spell as a life coach. These experiences, coupled with writing for magazines and newspapers, having her own radio show and running a networking group, gave her lots of skill ‘ingredients’ and, when she found out that celebrancy was a thing, she realised it was the just the recipe she’d been looking for!
An award-winning wedding and funeral celebrant, and co-director of the Celebrants Collective, she recently wrote and produced its two flagship celebrant training courses. Claire is also a judge for the prestigious UK Wedding Industry Awards, celebrant category.
In her spare time you can usually find her in the garden or on the sofa with a book and a big cup of tea!
Lonan Jenkins (He/him)
Lonan is an Independent Celebrant and co-runs Rooted Revelry: a London-based events collective. Lonan has been sharing stories professionally for the last six years and set up and co-ran The Embers Collective and Queer'd. Lonan is a storyteller, teacher, performer, writer and workshop facilitator. Narratives, intimacy and human connection are always at the heart of what he does. Lonan has a BSc Degree in Psychology and a MSc Degree in War and Psychiatry. Lonan uses both his qualifications, and his personal experiences of regular psychotherapy, to hold a safe, inclusive space for those sharing their stories, with a therapeutic tone throughout.
Veronika Sophia Robinson (She/her)
Veronika Robinson has been a celebrant for 27 years, and has officiated internationally across all rites of passage. Her passion for ceremonies, rituals and celebrancy extends to her work as co-founder and co-tutor at Heart-led Ceremonies Celebrant Training, and editor of the global magazine The Celebrant. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cumbria.
Sophie Colligan (She/her)
Sophie is an independent celebrant who previously worked with and trained for Humanists UK. She is passionate about celebrants recognising our strengths and so finding clients who will love working with us... while also developing more self-awareness of our biases so that we are less likely to unintentionally exclude people or minimise others' experiences. Sophie is a proud queer, neurodivergent northerner and loves the honesty and clarity of communication this special combo brings.
Lucy Brown (She/her)
Lucy has been running her voiceover business for over 6 years and has 20+ years' teaching experience over a wide range of disciplines including dance and Pilates. She's also a certified breathing coach, as well as a wedding celebrant working together with Natasha in Spain. She has a weakness for crumble with double cream and is a confessed reading addict. Lucy lives with her Spanish husband, their three young children in Marbella on the Costa del Sol.