founding team

 
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gemma brady

Gemma is a documentary maker, storyteller and creative coach. She founded Sister Stories in 2017 because she believes in the healing power of stories and the simple potency of truly being listened to.

Gemma runs regular circles in North London and leads the facilitator training programme. For upcoming events, click here. If you’d like Gemma to bring Sister Stories to your area, please contact her here.

“Sister Stories is at its heart a community offering connection and compassion. People often worry about coming because it can feel so different to normal life - what will happen there, and is this some sort of cult?! Then they come and realise we just enjoy being truly human together, with no pressure to speak or tell any sort of story. Our presence is enough.”

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sophie howarth

Sophie is a teacher and writer, maker and mother, lover of trees and poetry. Best-known as the co-founder of The School of Life and founder of Department Store for the Mind, she is also faculty lead at Year Here, and author of a number of photography books.

Sophie currently leads our East London circle and co-facilitates the Circle Leader training with Gemma. For upcoming events, click here.

“The circle is different every time, sometimes full of humour, sometimes very tender, always richly truthful. I prepare the space and welcome the women, but after that it's very light touch. Whatever needs to emerge always does when I trust the wisdom of the circle. ”

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Katie Slee

Katie is the Design Lead for Sister Stories, midwifing our brand and website into being.

She originally hails from Durham in the North East, but now runs circles in Kennington, South London. She values spontaneity, kindness and variety - and tries to live life in a way that makes room for all three.

In 2014, Katie co-founded Settle, an award-winning youth homelessness charity. She now works part-time, trying to find the right balance between freelance & personal projects.

“Developing the aesthetic for Sister Stories has been about capturing the wonder and recognition that women experience when they join a circle. Sister Stories is modern but timeless, simple yet mystic, dark and uplifting.”


Circle Leaders

At the heart of our growing community are our circle leaders, courageous and compassionate women who have stepped up to host Sister Stories circles. For more information about upcoming circles, click here.

Priya Shah - High Barnet, North London circle   Priya spent over 10 years working in the Finance Industry before making a decision to leave and turn to wellness. She now supports people to connect to their bodies and become aware of their authentic self, sharing the various tools she uses in order to live a balanced life.  Being a Sister Stories facilitator is an extension of the work she now does. She believes that holding presence and space for each other is a gift.

Priya Shah - High Barnet, North London circle

Priya spent over 10 years working in the Finance Industry before making a decision to leave and turn to wellness. She now supports people to connect to their bodies and become aware of their authentic self, sharing the various tools she uses in order to live a balanced life.

Being a Sister Stories facilitator is an extension of the work she now does. She believes that holding presence and space for each other is a gift.

Holly June Smith - Hertfordshire circle   Holly is a life coach, celebrant, and speaker who helps people make positive changes that stick. She was drawn to Sister Stories because she craved connection in a world where technology often leaves us feeling more disconnected from both ourselves and each other.

Holly June Smith - Hertfordshire circle

Holly is a life coach, celebrant, and speaker who helps people make positive changes that stick. She was drawn to Sister Stories because she craved connection in a world where technology often leaves us feeling more disconnected from both ourselves and each other.

Andrea Bate-Boyle - South London circle   Andrea is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has lived in London for the past 10 years. Currently working as a documentary maker, she thrives on listening and telling others’ stories with compassion.  Yearning for stillness and connection in a busy city has drawn her to the work of carving out that sacred space for herself and other women.

Andrea Bate-Boyle - South London circle

Andrea is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has lived in London for the past 10 years. Currently working as a documentary maker, she thrives on listening and telling others’ stories with compassion.

Yearning for stillness and connection in a busy city has drawn her to the work of carving out that sacred space for herself and other women.

Allanah Langstaff - Edinburgh & Glasgow circles   Allanah is a TV producer, writer, and yin yoga teacher living in Edinburgh. Her work has allowed her to tell stories about the natural world, the joy of experiencing it, and the importance of preserving it. She believes the simple power of listening to others, and in turn, allowing yourself to be listened to can be transformative. She welcomes you to come in to the circle, and allow your edges to soften.

Allanah Langstaff - Edinburgh & Glasgow circles

Allanah is a TV producer, writer, and yin yoga teacher living in Edinburgh. Her work has allowed her to tell stories about the natural world, the joy of experiencing it, and the importance of preserving it. She believes the simple power of listening to others, and in turn, allowing yourself to be listened to can be transformative. She welcomes you to come in to the circle, and allow your edges to soften.

Stella Mcleod Mckenna - York circle   Stella is a daughter, a partner, a friend and a coach. An avid people watcher, story gatherer and adventure seeker. She loves to travel, to make new friends and to listen to the world around her.  She discovered Sister Stories as part of a personal journey to seek out and cultivate more strong female connections in her life. After attending circles in London, she felt called to hold this magical space for women in other parts of the UK and further afield.

Stella Mcleod Mckenna - York circle

Stella is a daughter, a partner, a friend and a coach. An avid people watcher, story gatherer and adventure seeker. She loves to travel, to make new friends and to listen to the world around her.

She discovered Sister Stories as part of a personal journey to seek out and cultivate more strong female connections in her life. After attending circles in London, she felt called to hold this magical space for women in other parts of the UK and further afield.

Sagina Shabaya - South London circle   Sagina is a  career coach , workshop facilitator, speaker and new mother. She lives in South London and holds circles for new mothers.  She believes it is so important that we create spaces for women to come together and just be themselves. There is so much happening in our hectic lives, but that Sister Stories circles have the power to be a sanctuary for women.

Sagina Shabaya - South London circle

Sagina is a career coach, workshop facilitator, speaker and new mother. She lives in South London and holds circles for new mothers.

She believes it is so important that we create spaces for women to come together and just be themselves. There is so much happening in our hectic lives, but that Sister Stories circles have the power to be a sanctuary for women.

Lynette Greenaway - Reading circle   Lynette been practising yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 8 years. She has listened to all of the divine tugs of her heart to create a vehicle and a space where women can come together in circle as support for collective healing and sitting as peers in a safe space.  Lynette holds space that allows women to breathe, be curious, speak or be silent, without suffocation or judgement, spaces that rise to a much higher standard of support, love and encouragement than what we experience in the news, on social media, workspaces and on TV.  Lynette believes that being in circle offers up so much clarity in this time of great shifting in our world.

Lynette Greenaway - Reading circle

Lynette been practising yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 8 years. She has listened to all of the divine tugs of her heart to create a vehicle and a space where women can come together in circle as support for collective healing and sitting as peers in a safe space.

Lynette holds space that allows women to breathe, be curious, speak or be silent, without suffocation or judgement, spaces that rise to a much higher standard of support, love and encouragement than what we experience in the news, on social media, workspaces and on TV.

Lynette believes that being in circle offers up so much clarity in this time of great shifting in our world.

Teresa Clark - East London circle

Teresa Clark - East London circle

Jenny Isaac - Richmond, London circle   Jenny is an  Executive Coach  helping others grow into their potential and a lover of nature and life living in Richmond, London.   Jenny is part of Sister Stories for many intertwining reasons: to help women come together and be themselves without expectation; to explore the stories they and others tell about themselves; to see and step into their light and power; to feel more connected and to build a better world for women. "In stepping into our own light and power we create the space for other women to do the same.

Jenny Isaac - Richmond, London circle

Jenny is an Executive Coach helping others grow into their potential and a lover of nature and life living in Richmond, London.

Jenny is part of Sister Stories for many intertwining reasons: to help women come together and be themselves without expectation; to explore the stories they and others tell about themselves; to see and step into their light and power; to feel more connected and to build a better world for women. "In stepping into our own light and power we create the space for other women to do the same.

Helen Williams - Hanwell, West London circle   Helen is a  life coach , trainer consultant for Young Minds, workshop facilitator and carer. She first participated in Sister Stories in March 2018 and is now passionate about making this transformative experience available to women in West London.

Helen Williams - Hanwell, West London circle

Helen is a life coach, trainer consultant for Young Minds, workshop facilitator and carer. She first participated in Sister Stories in March 2018 and is now passionate about making this transformative experience available to women in West London.

Christine Chang Hanway - Swiss Cottage, London circle   Christine is forever curious about people and their stories. So much so that she started  Fabulous Fabsters  to encourage women who are FAB — Fifty And Beyond — to share their life experiences. She felt they had much to impart that might teach and inspire others and she was right!  A lapsed architect, she has recently certified as a health coach. By encouraging women to understand why they do what they do, she channels her inner anthropologist and helps them make the sustainable changes they need to live their own empowered lives. As a Sister Story facilitator, she dreams of integrating the magic of Circles into as many women’s lives as possible.

Christine Chang Hanway - Swiss Cottage, London circle

Christine is forever curious about people and their stories. So much so that she started Fabulous Fabsters to encourage women who are FAB — Fifty And Beyond — to share their life experiences. She felt they had much to impart that might teach and inspire others and she was right!

A lapsed architect, she has recently certified as a health coach. By encouraging women to understand why they do what they do, she channels her inner anthropologist and helps them make the sustainable changes they need to live their own empowered lives. As a Sister Story facilitator, she dreams of integrating the magic of Circles into as many women’s lives as possible.

Rachael Rafferty- Essex circle    Lucky enough to have spent the majority of her career teaching and being taught by three and four year olds, Rachael understands the power of listening to and telling stories. As a child herself, Rachael did not speak until she was almost four years old and has always treasured the delicate tension between stillness and expression. Now skilled in diverse methods of communication, Rachael has often been told that her kindness and empathetic nature help people to feel safe in articulating their thoughts and feelings in her presence. Valuing connection and community, Rachael loves to gather with others and discover the similarities and differences that exist in all of us and our experiences of the world.

Rachael Rafferty- Essex circle

Lucky enough to have spent the majority of her career teaching and being taught by three and four year olds, Rachael understands the power of listening to and telling stories. As a child herself, Rachael did not speak until she was almost four years old and has always treasured the delicate tension between stillness and expression. Now skilled in diverse methods of communication, Rachael has often been told that her kindness and empathetic nature help people to feel safe in articulating their thoughts and feelings in her presence. Valuing connection and community, Rachael loves to gather with others and discover the similarities and differences that exist in all of us and our experiences of the world.

Nicola Morgan - Holloway, North London circle

Nicola Morgan - Holloway, North London circle

Sophie Harris - Bristol circle   From a costume design and accessories background and a fan of people, plants and a good brew, Sophie retrained as a naturopath, combining her love affair with fabric with an equal affection for the healing power of food, herbs, oils and massage.  She invites those drawn to, or in need of, taking pause to join her in creating a sacred space through which we can all reconnect with ourselves and others. A sanctuary in which to be heard and gently listen to the shared experiences that bind us together and make us human.

Sophie Harris - Bristol circle

From a costume design and accessories background and a fan of people, plants and a good brew, Sophie retrained as a naturopath, combining her love affair with fabric with an equal affection for the healing power of food, herbs, oils and massage.

She invites those drawn to, or in need of, taking pause to join her in creating a sacred space through which we can all reconnect with ourselves and others. A sanctuary in which to be heard and gently listen to the shared experiences that bind us together and make us human.

Lucinda Kerr - Bath circle  Lucinda is a seeker. Driven by curiosity she is constantly in pursuit of adventure and connection, often in the unlikeliest places. Currently living in Bath, she is a breathwork facilitator and writer with a passion for stories and growth through shared experience. 

Lucinda Kerr - Bath circle
Lucinda is a seeker. Driven by curiosity she is constantly in pursuit of adventure and connection, often in the unlikeliest places. Currently living in Bath, she is a breathwork facilitator and writer with a passion for stories and growth through shared experience.