Meet the Living Well Dying Well Team

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The LWDW Training Team

Our Office Team

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Dr Hermione Elliott

Director and Lead Trainer
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.
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Lisa Hill

Learner Support Co-Ordinator
Lisa gained her ITEC diploma in holistic massage therapy in 2011 and has been focused on complementary therapies, well-being and stress management.  As well as being a Breathworks accredited mindfulness teacher, Lisa also engages as a youth conference facilitator for Young Citizens, as well as volunteering as a complementary therapist for Thames Hospice and My Cancer My Choices.  Lisa’s career has seen her positioned in many educational roles, including a science teacher and a tutor for The SMAE Institute for mature students.  She is dedicated in supporting LWDW learners achieve their ambitions in the End of Life Doula field after completing her End of Life Doula Foundation Training in 2022.
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Dr Cathy McCormick

Head of Learning and Certified Trainer
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.
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Emily Caroll

Head of Course Management
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.

Our LWDW Trainers


Anna Ledgard

Certified Foundation and Diploma Trainer

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Ninon van der Kroft

Ninon van der Kroft

Certified Foundation and Diploma Trainer

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Deborah Kelly

Dr Deborah Kelly

Certified Foundation Trainer

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Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Nicci del Rio

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Jane Calvert

Jane Calvert

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Katrina Taee

Certified Foundation Trainer

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Elaine Cobbold

Elaine Cobbold

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Rachel Allen

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Our LWDW Course Assistants

Mariana García


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Our LWDW Trainers are unique.  As individuals they bring with them expertise in the EoL Doula role, as well as comprehensive facilitation skills.

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Our LWDW Assessors

Nett Furley

Nett Furley

Portfolio Assessor

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Sarah Wardell

Sarah Wardell

Progression Assignment Assessor

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EoLDoula UK Liaison

Emma Clare

Emma Clare

EoLDUK Director and Chair
Emma is Director and Chair of End of Life Doula UK and a Health Psychology PhD researcher. Based in Yorkshire, she describes herself as an activist and nature lover, with a passion for bringing death and dying out of hospitals and back into compassionate communities wherever possible. She has worked as a home carer supporting people on 'fast-track' plans who wished to leave hospital to die at home, in addition to working with looked-after children and in autism, learning disabilities and adult mental health services providing therapy and advocacy. Emma's current research is focused on supporting individuals (both healthcare professionals and the public) to develop their death competency.

Our LWDW Directors


Sue Robinson

LWDW Training Director
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.

Osanna Wilder

LWDW Training Director
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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