national celebrant awards

The National Celebrant Awards

Awards that recognise truly outstanding celebrants

The Judges

The Judges

Funeral Celebrancy Category

Fran Hall

Fran Hall

CEO of the Good Funeral Guide
Fran has many years of experience in both funeral directing and managing natural burial grounds. Formerly a trustee of the Natural Death Centre Charity, Fran is now CEO of the Good Funeral Guide and oversees the GFG accreditation scheme, the gold standard for recommending funeral directors across the UK.
Graham Lymn

Graham Lymn

Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Funeral Directors.
Graham is a former NAFD National President, with six years’ experience serving on the Association’s Executive Committee and, prior to that, he served as President of the Funeral Standards Council as well as President of the Co-operative Funeral Service Managers' Association. In recent years, Graham qualified as a funeral celebrant and has enjoyed the opportunity this has provided to work closely with bereaved families again.
Natasha Bradshaw

Natasha Bradshaw

Superintendent at Mortlake Crematorium and ICCM Past President and Board Member
Natasha is the Superintendent at Mortlake Crematorium in Kew and is on the board of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, of which she is also a Past President. Natasha has observed hundreds of celebrant led funerals and keenly observed the growth in celebrant- led funerals. She is delighted to be judging the funeral celebrancy category of the awards.

Family and Couple Category

Rebecca Probert

Professor Probert

Professor Probert was the Specialist Advisor on the most recent review of marriage law in this country ‘Getting Married; A Scoping Paper’, undertaken by the Law Commission and published in December 2015. Rebecca has a deep interest in the reform of marriage law and current trends in all aspects of marriage. She is keen to research the growing trend in celebrancy in the UK and we are delighted that she has agreed to be a judge for the Couples and Family category for the awards. Rebecca has appeared widely on television and radio, discussing both the history of marriage law and current controversies.
Vanessa Harness

Vanessa Harness

Heading up highly successful and award-winning wedding and event planners RandFWeddings, Vanessa specialises in creating exceptional, bespoke weddings. Vanessa’s recent achievements include winning the 2017 4CWA industry award for Wedding Planning & Production, covering Cambs, Beds, Bucks and Herts plus appearing on BBC Breakfast radio discussing the Royal wedding. Vanessa specialises in outdoor weddings and RandFWeddings are proud members of the NAWP, promoting professionalism and integrity within the industry. RandFweddings also supports The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation which organises weddings for those with life limiting conditions or terminal illnesses.