Terri Shanks (Founder of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants)
Terri became a celebrant after training with Carol Poole who was then the UK President of the Australian based ‘International Federation of Celebrants’. Terri subsequently built up a very successful celebrancy business throughout both East and West Sussex, conducting Funerals, Weddings, Civil Partnership Blessings and Baby Naming Ceremonies. In May 2007 she travelled to Oklahoma, USA where she studied at the In-Sight Institute with Doug Manning, (an author of over 30 books, a world leading lecturer in the field of understanding bereavement & grief, and trainer of over 1300 Celebrants throughout America) Terri was also fortunate to attend the first ever International Convention of Independent Celebrants in Oklahoma, where she was invited to speak to Celebrants from throughout the USA, Canada and New Zealand.
Using her wealth of knowledge and experience, Terri set up her own Celebrant Training business in September 2007, the first celebrant training school in the UK to specialise in the training of INDEPENDENT Celebrants and quickly found that her services were sort after worldwide, she has not only trained Celebrants from all over the UK, but from South Africa, USA, Greece and Spain. She delighted to now be working alongside The International College of Celebrancy (Australia).
Terri was a Founder Member of the Association of Independent Celebrant and was honoured to serve as their President in 2009, she was delighted in 2010 to be appointed as their Honourary Life Vice-President in recognition of her commitment to the Association and her dedication and support to the education and development of Celebrants.
She has subsequently founded the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants as a support and networking association for many of the celebrants she has trained. The Fellowship not only serves to support its members, but also to actively promote them in their work and to educate both the general public and funeral professionals as to the work of Independent Celebrants. Most recently Terri Shanks was delighted to be a finalist in the Good Funeral Guides Awards for Funeral Celebrant of the year 2014. The Fellowship also proudly sponsors the charity to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk.