Terri Shanks (Founder of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants)
Managing Director and Principal Course Leader
Terri Shanks is a highly experienced Wedding & Funeral Celebrant having conducted over 3000 ceremonies since 2003. Her personal training saw her travelling the globe to study under some of the world’s leading Celebrants, Bereavement Specialists & Celebrant Trainers who include; Doug Manning of the In-Sight Institute (Oklahoma, U.S.A.) and Dally Messenger III at the International College of Celebrancy (Melbourne, Australia). Terri was also fortunate to attend the first ever International Convention of Celebrants in America, where she was invited to speak to Celebrants from the U.S.A, Canada and New Zealand.
Using her extensive knowledge & experience Terri subsequently wrote and delivered one of the first training programmes in the UK specifically designed for Independent Celebrants. Since setting up her training college in 2007, she has now trained more than 800 celebrants. Whilst most of these have been within the UK, Terri quickly found her expertise was being sought after worldwide. She has now trained both Funeral & Marriage Celebrants from all 5 continents, as well as having been flown overseas to provide specialist Marriage Celebrant Training for International Wedding Planners.
Terri founded The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC) in 2010 and since that time the FPC has quickly grown to become the largest organisation of professionally trained Independent Celebrants in the UK. The FPC has a network of Independent Celebrants all of whom are professionally trained and certified under Terri’s acclaimed Training Programme.
Terri was delighted to be a finalist in the Good Funeral Guides Awards for Funeral Celebrant of the Year 2014 & again in 2017 for both Funeral Celebrant of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently in 2017 she was invited to be part of the judging panel for The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA).
Terri is also extremely proud that by donating a percentage of training fees to charity, she has raised over £20,000 for varying nominated charities on an annual basis.