Hermione Elliott, Director
Hermione has a background in nursing, midwifery, counselling, palliative care and training and is the founder of Living Well, Dying Well. She has worked internationally and lived in Japan for four years, where her book Gan No Serufu Hiringu, a self-help guide for people with cancer, was published. She is passionate about care of the whole person – physical, emotional and spiritual – and about upholding dignity and self-determination at every stage of life. She pioneered the End of Life Training in the UK.
Nikki Newman, Head of Operations and Finance
Nikki has a wealth of experience of financial, project and business planning management. Starting her career in analytical science and secondary education, Nikki is inspired to use her knowledge and experience to support LWDW achieve it's goal of creating and empowering compassionate, caring communities.
Polly Senter, Assessor & Standardisation Team
Polly trained to teach Drama and English followed by TEFL here and in Denmark. She then worked with challenging adolescents in residential settings before starting her family. Returning to teaching infants was fulfilling but a life-threatening illness whilst she was a single parent to teenagers brought her to LWDW in its infancy. Having completed her training and assisting on many LWDW courses, she works as a doula and assessor.
EOL Doula UK Liaison
Aly Dickinson trained with Living Well Dying Well, practises as an End of Life Doula and has been involved in the facilitation of our courses. She was instrumental in setting up End of Life Doula UK, the membership association for Doulas and those who have trained with Living Well Dying Well. Aly is the link person between the two organisations and manages our Facebook and Twitter accounts. She lives in Devon, accompanied by 3 cats and 30 patio plant pots!
Sue's professional work was in charge of community-based nursing in several areas of London. She was inspired to complement this experience by completing the LWDW Doula training and then assisting in the development of LWDW Trainers' Training programme. She organises, with others, an annual community-led festival on death and dying - "Pushing up Daisies" - and is passionate about End of Life care.
Michael van der Matten
Michael, a Dutchman, worked 15 years with the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace, managing joint projects with NASA. Moving to the UK in 1979 he joined an instrumentation company developing contracts worldwide. He has been Director and Trustee of several UK charities, built hotels, and developed a school in Borneo. He is married to Halimah and they have 5 children.
Osanna has varied past work experience in Public Relations, marketing, management and training. Osanna is a qualified psychotherapist and coach and loves to explore creativity through writing and painting. Committed to living life to the full as she ages, Osanna works with individuals and groups to enable them to do the same – live well!