Meet the Team

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Liz Rothschild

Liz Rothschild set up the Kicking the Bucket Festival in 2012 as it became clear to her through working as a celebrant and burial ground manager that it was essential to talk with people before a bereavement in order for people to feel able to ask for what they really need.

Lucy Till

As well as fundraising for the Festival, I love to both volunteer and conduct ceremonies at Westmill, and for the past year I have been Liz’s tour manager for her one woman show Outside the Box

Christine McKenzie

Christine is an experienced clinician, Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant with a solid career history spanning twenty years working across health and social care. Christine’s practice has a strong focus on change, inclusive leadership and transition. 

Karen Lane

I am a helper at Westmill Burial Ground. I have been working here for a year now alongside some truly amazing people, learning so much along the way. I feel proud to be part of the team and everything that we stand for and achieve.

Wendy Halford

Wendy is a former Registered Nurse and trained as a Soul Midwife in 2013. Since 2015 she’s facilitated workshops around death and dying, both for professionals and members of the public. She believes strongly that we all have “wisdom within” – including the intuition to support people who are dying – but in modern life it’s often forgotten.

John Wilson

With over 20 years of experience working with clients and more than a decade facilitating programmes in the UK, John Wilson is a highly  experienced professional in the field of
Counselling and Psychotherapy. As the co-founder of, he has helped build the world's largest library of online video and audio content for professionals in the helping professions.

Simon Hutchens

I have exhibited my own photographs as part of Artweeks in Oxford for several years. Also, as a freelance support worker for people with young onset dementia in the community, I use photography to make pictures with the people I work with...