About Us

About Us

Please take a moment to read about us and what we stand for

Circle of Life

I trained as Wedding, Family and Funeral Celebrants in 2012 with the renowned Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, lead by Terri Shanks, of which am a member.

I founded Circle of Life in October 2012 with a view to getting it off the ground during 2013. I have chosen to become Celebrant as after planning my mother’s funeral in 2011 I realised that most people don’t know that they can have something special when saying good bye to loved ones or for those other momentous occasions such as weddings or baby namings. In today’s ever changing world I believe that people should have the choice and freedom of expression to hold those special family events in the fashion they want, rather than the very limited traditional ceremonial services normally offered to them.

Circle of Life is based in Gillingham, Kent and are happy to travel to locations in the UK and overseas (subject to expenses).


Irene Francis

Irene Francis

My name is Irene Francis and I am an Independent Celebrant.

I have over 35 years experience in Customer Services, People Leadership and Project Management and have worked in the Telecommunications, Financial and Charitable sectors. My husband and I set up our own business in January 2012 providing Project Management services on a consultancy basis.

During my varied career I have gained lots of experience in public speaking, organising events and through these various career roles developed the ability to empathise and support people.

I am married with two grown up children and three grandchildren. I live in Wigmore, and have been here for over 30 years, I grew up in Strood and have siblings and their families still living in the Medway area.