Stuart McLean, Celebrant
I live in the northern suburbs of Peterborough with my wife Carol and three children. We have three pets, two dogs and a rabbit.
I started my career in the Royal Air Force, where as well as bases in the UK, I have also served in Cyprus & Germany. After that, I have been involved in various sales careers and an operations manager role where I have looked after over 200 personnel. I have been fortunate enough to travel and have seen and experienced many cultures. I am also an active volunteer at an emergency homeless shelter.
My celebrancy career began when various friends had asked on numerous occasions asked for me to speak or read at ceremonies. I was often complemented and one day someone said I should consider speaking in a professional capacity. I sat on the idea for a while, then I started to research the matter, and saw a career as a celebrant as a natural course to take. Becoming a celebrant allows me to make a positive contribution at point in people’s lives when they need it the most.
This is a role that is incredibly important to me. I am naturally a sympathetic person and I am passionate about making a positive difference during the important events in people’s lives. I feel I have much to offer in the way of support and guidance during significant life events which has led me to becoming a qualified celebrant.
A major driver for me is the difference I can make to a family. Making their worse day a little less awful, or one of their most wonderful days even more special.
I am a professional accredited celebrant having been trained by Veronika Robinson, one of the country’s leading celebrants, and Vice President of the Association of Independent Celebrants. I hold a Certificate in Marriage & Family Celebrancy, and a member of The Association of Independent Celebrants.