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.
Elaine Butlin, Finance & Business Consultant
Elaine has a wealth of experience of financial, project and business planning management in the charity and commercial sectors. She believes passionately in supporting and working with communities. Her own experience of caring and supporting her father at the end of his life, has drawn her to work with Living Well Dying Well.
Lucy Foss, Education Development Co-ordinator & IQA
Lucy Foss has worked as an English teacher and pastoral tutor in sixth form colleges. She also co-founded and ran workshops for Little Green Pig, a creative writing charity for young people in Brighton and Hove. More recently, she has undertaken counselling and psychotherapy training, with a particular interest in writing for well-being. Interspersed with her career, Lucy has been bringing up her three young daughters. Her belief in being compassionate and respectful to people at all stages in life has brought her to LWDW. More recently, she has undertaken some foundation counselling training, and is particularly interested in writing for well-being.
Catherine Gouy, Administration Assistant
Catherine has a background in secretarial and administrative work. She supports the LWDW office by managing general enquiries and bookings. She believes in emotional openness and compassionate support, for the living, the dying and the dead, and is pleased to work for a team of high quality trainers who are doing ground-breaking and unconventional work. She loves music, nature, travelling, diversity, and has a deep interest in spirituality and psychology.
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!
Amanda has led major delivery and change programmes at local, regional and national level, working across health and social care, including work with providers and the voluntary sector. She is an experienced project and programme manager, skilled in the facilitation of multi-partner working. She is currently leading an NHS change programme in London to deliver acute care in the community.
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.
Edward brings with him a variety of business experience, from working as an English teacher; director of a care home for adults and children with learning difficulties, to founding a management training association and practising as a therapist and assisting people in the dying process for over 20 years. He is blessed with a marriage of 50 years and has 5 remarkable children.
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!