Meet the trainers

Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes

Trainer and Assessor 
New South Wales

Rob has been a full time civil celebrant since 2005.  He has conducted hundreds of ceremonies since his appointment…. marriage, baby naming, commitment, reaffirmation of vows and funeral.  He enjoys the challenge of creating and performing ceremonies which are sincere, elegant, and romantic and which honour the participants.  His motto is "Fine Weddings, Anywhere".

Rob’s formal qualifications are:
*  Certificate IV in Celebrancy
*  WFSFNL407A Perform General Funeral Celebrancy 
*  NSW Teachers Certificate (Wagga Teachers College, Macquarie University) 
*  Certificate IV in Training and Education 
*  Justice of the Peace in NSW

Other professional experiences which enhance Rob’s celebrant training abilities are:
*  Literacy Consultant with NSW Dept of Education and Training
*  Masonic Education Training Committee Member
*  Course Presenter: leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness, learning styles, change management
*  Personal Life Coach
*  Wedding reception co-ordinator
*  Bush poetry and music performer (musical saw, didgeridoo)
*  Outback Tour Guide

How Rob was attracted to celebrancy 
Prior to becoming a registered civil celebrant Rob was a primary school principal.  In addition, as a part time professional musician (sax, clarinet) he worked for many years in a wedding reception/function centre as bandleader and MC.  After retiring from that role, and having worked in the wedding industry for so long, becoming a marriage celebrant seemed to him to be a natural progression upon his retirement from schools. Locations in which he has conducted ceremonies include beaches, parks, clubs, halls, gardens, on board ships, cliff tops, and outback camping sites. Rob also enjoys reading, fishing, four wheel driving trips and entertaining his grandchildren.

A special moment in my celebrancy
The ceremony was on a cliff top near a Sydney beach.  The bride’s father was in France, not able to be physically present.  One of the groomsmen carried a laptop computer with Skype running continuously so that father and daughter could remain connected at this important milestone event.