I studied for my degree in Financial Services, acted as Census Manager for my area in 2001, set up and ran the District Office for the Chester & Stoke-on-Trent District of the Methodist Church. I lost weight and my confidence grew. In many ways, I was a new person.

My love of travel found its home on cruise ships as the perfect way for me to see places. In 2008 I decided that I wanted to use my new confidence to be a Cruise Ship Speaker, and began to work towards this goal.

Since that point, I have developed my skills as a writer, researcher, photographer and communicator. The feedback I get from passengers encourages my development.

I love helping passengers discover new places; through my talks, by chatting one-to-one and escorting excursions. I have a love of the Arctic, although I like sunny climes too!

In my spare time, I am learning to dance! I recently achieved some of my goals by seeing the tango danced in Buenos Aires, and the samba at Rio Carnival.

Hazel Griffiths
Guest Speaker

My first career was with the Halifax. I moved between branches, fulfilling various management roles, until I became the Call Centre Manager at the Business Centre in Chester. I was managing a team of 50 at this time.

The busy and stressful effects of my lifestyle took a toll - my weight went up and my confidence went down! After much soul-searching, I decided to make a leap of faith and leave the company.