1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your role as Multifaith Chaplaincy & Weddings Co-ordinator?
I originally worked in the Widening Participation department but then took a break to move to Rome with my family for a few years. Which was as nice as it sounds! I've been in my current role for three years. As well as helping to organise events and services in the chapel (whilst also making sure there is plenty of time for quiet contemplation and prayer), I’m the Responsible Authorised Person for the chapel, ensuring all legalities of weddings are met and working with wedding couples to get all the details of their ceremony perfect.
2. What do you find most rewarding in your role?
A large number of our wedding couples actually met whilst studying at Royal Holloway and they have many happy memories of their time here. Being able to get married in the chapel is really special to them and it’s wonderful to help make their day a reality. I work with a lovely team of Duty Wedding Coordinators who help the weddings go off without a hitch. If any current members of staff would like to discuss holding their ceremony in the chapel, please get in touch!
3. The chaplaincy hosts several events throughout the year – which is your favourite to help organise or attend?
It’s got to be Lessons and Carols. It’s such a joyful event and it shows the amazing talent and dedication of the Royal Holloway choirs and organists at their very best.
4. What do you enjoy most about working at Royal Holloway?
The people. Not just the chaplains and rest of the Wellbeing department who do such amazing work, but I liaise with a lot of other departments and everyone is always so helpful and supportive.
5. How do you normally like to spend your time outside of work?
When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy creative writing and am currently writing my third book, a light-hearted crime novel (think Richard Osman but without the big name, huge advance and film deal…) I also love baking, sewing and quizzes - I’m just waiting for a TV show I can enter that combines all three. The Baked British Millionaire Bee maybe?