Office Team


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.

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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.

Cathy Ota

Cathy Ota,  Head of Learning

Cathy has a background in education research, teacher training and professional development across the UK, Europe and Canada.  Her research, work and writing has focused on relational intelligence and was the editor of The International Journal of Children’s Spirituality for 20 years.  Cathy spent 5 years working with a charity in Gujarat, India creating and implementing teacher training programmes and establishing an Indian based teacher training team.  She is passionate about holistic education and supporting the growth and relationships of individuals and communities.

Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll,  Office Assistant and Administrator

Emily’s experience is in project and change management, systems and process creation and strategic business planning within the Education sector. After studying an English and History degree, Emily started work project managing funding for small businesses. From there, she has worked for an awarding body and an international training provider delivering professional qualifications. Emily is keen to use her skills to support the LWDW team and End of Life Doula community.


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

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 Robinson

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 Wilder

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!

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