Journalist and Author of Books on Retirement

Celia is a freelance journalist contributing mainly to The Independent and The Times. Her work has focused on family matters, health, education and (in earlier days) celebrity interviews, including with Juliet Stevenson, Gordon Ramsay, Lou Reed and Imelda Staunton. Celia is an experienced broadcaster and recent appearances include on ITV’s This Morning, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC 1’s Inside Out & a BBC TV documentary hosted by Fiona Phillips called “Holding Back The Years”.

In recent years Celia has researched & written two books that are highly relevant to people approaching retirement. Firstly, “The Empty Nest” – A practical and inspiring guide to adjusting to life after your children leave home. Secondly, “Not Fade Away” – How to thrive in retirement. “Not Fade Away” was written from the conversations that Celia had with many experts on the psychological adjustment & health issues around retirement age, together with very many interviews with people finding their own path through retirement.

One of Celia’s prime motivators for writing “Not Fade Away” was her father’s unhappy retirement. “My father had a terrible retirement, and his last few years were completely miserable. He became very depressed, was then hospitalised, and then died. He was 69. I didn’t want a similar fate myself.” 

Celia is an English graduate from Oxford University.