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 Doula Training in the UK.
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Nikki Newman

Nikki’s career began in the field of secondary science education, dedicating herself to inspiring the next generation of thinkers and problem solvers. Driven by the desire to make a broader impact, Nikki transitioned into operational business management and finance, and after more than a decade of working in the corporate sector she decided to apply her skills in an organisation she feels passionate about. Nikki has a steadfast belief in the transformative power of heart-centred and meaningful interactions, and in creating environments where individuals can bring their diverse experiences to leave positive and lasting impressions on the lives of others.
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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.

Claire-Louise Panis

Business Administration and Course Support Officer
Over her career, Claire has worked with people across different ages and stages of life from birth, childhood and adolescence and through to older age. Claires background is in care, psychology, counselling, management, therapeutic play and creative arts. She worked for a long time in a Therapeutic Community for Looked After Children and understand the importance of community for healing, growth and development. Claire is keen to combine her passions and skills to support Living Well Dying Well and our Learners, along their journey as they become End of Life Doulas.
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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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Lisa Hill

Learner Support Co-Ordinator
Lisa joined the LWDW team in September 2022 after completing her End of Life Doula Foundation Training in April 2022. Lisa is a Reiki practitioner and Breathworks trained mindfulness teacher and has previously volunteered as a complementary therapist in a hospice and for a cancer charity. Lisa's career has seen her positioned in many educational roles including science teacher, tutor to mature students, youth worker and education officer for a number of NGOs. She is dedicated to supporting LWDW learners achieve their ambitions in the End of Life Doula field and completed the LWDW End of Life Doula Diploma in February 2024.

Pierre Monnerville

Executive Support and Marketing Officer
Pierre has a diverse professional background in business, design studies, photography, and performing arts. Hailing from a creative background, Pierre brings a unique perspective to his work. With a passion for creativity and a keen eye for detail, he has honed his skills in various artistic disciplines. In addition to his creative pursuits, Pierre is also an energy healing practitioner, combining his artistic talents with a deep understanding of holistic well-being.

Our LWDW Trainers


Anna Ledgard

Certified Foundation and Diploma Trainer

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Ninon van der Kroft

Certified Foundation and Diploma Trainer

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Katrina Taee

Certified Foundation Trainer

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Nicci del Rio

Certified Foundation Trainer

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Sarah Chapman

LWDW Foundation Trainer

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Jane Calvert

LWDW 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

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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

Diploma Assessor

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Progression Assignment Assessor

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Sarah Wardell

Sarah Wardell

Progression Assignment Assessor

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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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