Kent Civil Ceremonies is the business partnership of Rob Wheeler and Leigh Derbyshire. We employ other celebrants with excellent skills and experience at busy times.
Both Rob and Leigh are active and committed members of their local Humanst group, East Kent Humanists.
Leigh is based is Canterbury and has enjoyed a long career in both Probation and Social Services as a practitioner, manager and trainer. She has experience of dealing with a wide range of people and issues including work with Deaf people, whose first language is BSL. She also works in the voluntary sector with bereaved children and has worked as a university student mentor.
Leigh received her ceremonies training from Kent County Council for whom she has worked as a registrar conducting weddings. She has a total of 10 years experience in conducting ceremonies and has also conducted Civil Partnership ceremonies since they became legal in 2004.
Personal experience of life and death have brought Leigh to the realisation that traditional religious ceremonies do not meet the needs of many people in modern society. She believes that more imaginative approaches to ceremony, ritual and celebration are needed today.
Rob is based in Faversham and has worked as a social worker, IT manager and college lecturer at various times in his career.
He received his training in ceremonies from the British Humanist Association for whose celebrant network he worked for several years before going independent. Rob has over 6 years experience in conducting a variety of ceremonies.
Rob first became interested in, and enthusiastic about, non-religious ceremonies after joining the British Humanist Association, the organisation which had largely pioneered and popularized the idea of such ceremonies. He finds the writing and delivery of ceremonies deeply rewarding.