About Jackie Watson

Jackie Watson BHA Weddings

Being a Humanist celebrant is a great privilege for me because it means being creatively involved in the most precious events in people’s lives.

As a Humanist, I believe we can make meaning in our lives by living life to the full, by sharing our lives with others, and by giving attention to the natural world.

As a celebrant, I want to support people in giving expression to their beliefs and values through their own personal ceremonies.

I have a strong interest in spirituality, and in different religions and cultures, but I believe it’s vital that non-religious people are recognised and valued too. For these reasons, I am also a Humanist member of the  Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital chaplaincy team and South West Regional Co-ordinator for the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network.

I retired from teaching in 2014, having spent several years as a religious education teacher in secondary schools and then as a university lecturer in the field of education. I am an Honorary Fellow with the University of Exeter, which is where I originally studied to be an RE teacher, and I’m delighted that I can now visit schools as a volunteer and talk to young people about Humanism.

I am very lucky to live in a village in mid-Devon where I enjoy walking, gardening, and being close to nature. I am married and we have two grown-up sons.




If you’d like to have a chat about your wedding – whether it’s to be on a farm, in a field, at the beach, or in a hotel or garden – send me an email and we can arrange a time to talk on the phone.  If you decide that you’d like me to be your celebrant, we will meet together and design your personal ceremony!

“Jackie was fantastic. We have had so many comments from guests on  how much they loved the ceremony, and that it was so special and personal to us.”



Please contact me for more information about Humanist funerals and memorials.  If you choose me to be your funeral celebrant, I can help you with ideas for music and readings.  I will talk with you to find out about the person who has died and arrange a ceremony they could be pleased with and which suits you and your family’s needs.

“It was a beautiful ceremony, Jackie making sure it was exactly as we wished. I am still getting remarks on how very appropriate it was.”


Thank you

A big thank you to couples for letting me use their photos and comments on these webpages.  And a special thank you to my friend Chris for his photo of me www.chrisdixonphotography.com.



For more detailed information, please contact me and also look at the Humanists UK ceremonies webpages.