Meet the ICPC Team
We are incredibly lucky to have a team who are deeply passionate about their work and who strive to bring you the best training, tutoring and ongoing support. You can read a bit more about each of them here...
Stuart L Morris • Founder and Director
I am the founder of the International College of Professional Celebrants, the father of three sons, pilot, award winning lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Henley Business School and general lover of life. I took my first funeral in 1995 and I've been passionate about the rites of passage ever since.
Years ago, I recognized that most training organizations were only teaching to specific ceremonies; weddings or funerals, nothing encompassing all the many rites of passage. There was a massive void in the education offered and it was then that my entrepreneur-self kicked in and I realized I needed to start a training company. One with a diverse curriculum; teaching everything a celebrant would need to celebrate any milestone, transition or rite of passage. Thus, was born the International College of Professional Celebrants, now the Number One training organization in the United Kingdom.
As human beings we have celebrated these moments in life throughout history and across all cultures. I fundamentally believe that as professional celebrants we bring joy, comfort and fulfilment to the people we serve. I like to say that I'm a minister without religion, of the “priesthood” for this generation.
The Teaching and Tutoring team
Julie Bisacre •
Operations Director, Assessor and Trainer
Hi, I’m Julie. It’s nice to meet you! I am a busy wedding and funeral celebrant, running a very successful business in North Somerset. I’m thrilled that you’ve chosen to join this amazing profession and train with ICPC.
After training as a teacher, I worked with a variety of students from age 4 to 60 years old teaching all subjects but specialising in the performing arts. This has given me a great insight into how people 'learn’ - enabling me to be a very versatile teacher/trainer while making learning accessible (and fun) for everyone.
Along with my celebrant business, I ran a successful independent retail business for 14 years, which gave me a good insight into all aspects of running a business.
I have a passion for theatre and the arts and this permeates through my writing and my ceremonies. My sense of performance helps make my ceremonies memorable.
Shelley Jackson-Woodall • Training Co-ordinator and Tutor
Hi, my name is Shelley and I am part of the ICPC teaching team. I have previously worked in the education and charity sector, where I worked with families and young children. During this time, I also trained volunteers and staff and ran workshops and events.
After several years I began my own company and ran many successful shopping events, whilst supporting my local small business community. After attending and running networking events, I decided it was time to conquer my fear of public speaking and joined Stourbridge Speakers Club. I have been on the club Committee for over 10 years and enjoyed various roles, including Club President and Education Officer, as well as being in several speech competitions.
I now use my love of public speaking and my passion for inclusivity and diversity to lead ceremonies. It is my dream job and I can't wait to support you on your journey to becoming a celebrant.
Maxine Ward • Trainer
Hello, I’m Maxine and am delighted to be part of the ICPC training team. Originating from the North East, I am now based in Wiltshire where I am a professional celebrant. A career that has given me more joy and job satisfaction than any other.
My background is working with organisations on large recruitment projects, where I also trained interviewers, and coached countless undergraduates on how to be their best at interviews. I have trained, and continue to practice as a Life Coach and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner, and use the skills this has given me to apply to my celebrant career, to help others to confidently develop theirs, and in all of my interactions with clients and families.
When I am not working I enjoy watching period dramas, throwing dinner parties, walking and country pursuits.
I love to help people develop and pursue their dreams and if becoming a celebrant is yours then, I would love to meet you on one of our training courses and perhaps we could squeeze in some walking in the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside.
Rebecca Waldron • Trainer
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am really proud to be part of the incredible training team at ICPC. I became a Celebrant in 2013 and have truly found my passion in life, sharing very special moments with many couples and families.
I have also been in Human Resources for 40 years and am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, working at operational and strategic level. I have been really lucky in that I have been able to combine that work with Learning & Development and I continue to do this work on a consultancy basis.
At home, we are lucky enough to live on the coast and spend a lot of time walking on the beaches with our beautiful puppy. At other times you will find me in our garden or glued to ‘Come Dine with Me’, leafing through recipe books, creating lots of Handtying ribbons, journaling and enjoying our home.
I am all about celebrating life’s special moments and being a cheer-leader for all those who want to be Celebrants. It has been the most incredible journey for me and it will be a privilege to be there for the start of yours.
The Admin Team
John Nicholson-Alexander • Tech Support and Administrator
Hi, I'm John. If you call or email ICPC, there is a good chance that it will be me that responds. I am usually the first port of call for customer queries and general information before your course takes place.
I manage our pre-course systems, both online and residential to make sure everything runs smoothly and students have all the information they need. I came to ICPC from a customer service background in hospitality and utilities. I'm data driven, and slightly obsessed with spreadsheets and guitars.
I live in the West Midlands with Anita, and I get the pleasure of being stepdad to her 3 beautiful daughters. I spend a lot of time playing my guitar, writing and recording music, and "fine tuning" my speaker setup.
Anita Onen • Creative Lead and Designer
Hi, I’m Anita - I’m the web and graphic designer here at ICPC HQ. I have over 10 years experience in visual design, now specialising in branding and website design for the wedding industry. It’s my job to manage our company's identity and create excellent websites that are easy to use and look great!
I also work closely with John (because we live together and work from home) and the rest of the team, in managing the logistics of our courses, in order to keep our online systems up to date.
I live in the West Midlands, I’m engaged to John and mum to three beautiful daughters. I’m a hoarder of fantasy books, black clothes, art supplies, and cake making equipment. When I’m not working I’m usually making a mess creating something, or dragging the family out for long walks somewhere hilly.