Most of us want to mark important events in our lives and to commemorate people we have loved when they die. For those with no religious belief the British Humanist Association has developed a network of accredited celebrants to conduct funerals and memorials, weddings and civil partnerships, and baby namings. Full details can be found on the BHA web site at www.humanism.org.uk/ceremonies Names and contact details for all BHA accredited celebrants may be accessed here according to the post code areas in which they operate.

GMH list of celebrants

The celebrants listed below cover Greater Manchester and surrounding areas, either wholly or partly. They are all accredited by the BHA for the types of ceremony indicated.  A personal page is provided for members of Greater Manchester Humanists who choose to have one.
(Note: there are other BHA accredited celebrants in some parts of our area – their names and contact details may be accessed from the BHA website.)

Richard Auty

Area covered: post codes CW, WA, SK, ST
Tel: 01625-828-649
Email: richard.auty@ntlworld.com

John Costello

Area covered: Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and High Peak and all SK post codes
Tel: 01457-855538 home; 07930-896-570 mobile
Email: Johnmariecostello@btinternet.com

Guy Otten

Weddings, namings and funerals
Area covered: mainly Stockport, Manchester, North Cheshire, NW Derbyshire and Tameside
Tel: 0161-217-982 home; 07793-047-887 mobile
Email: otten.guy@gmail.com
or on the web

Marge Rose

Area covered: SK and DE postcodes
Tel: 01298 22136
Email: marge.rose@btinternet.com
or on the web

David Seddon

Area covered: SK post codes (especially High Peak, Hayfield, New Mills, Chapel, Whaley Bridge and Buxton).
Tel: 01663-745-024
Email: david.seddon@talktalk.net

Helen Smith

Area covered: M,SK,WA,OL,WN (may also travel abroad)
Tel: 0161-881-9568 home; 07870-541-668 mobile
Email: helensmith54@hotmail.com
or on the web