Cirsty, originally from Jersey, left at 16 to study the United World College of the Atlantic before qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist at the University of Wales College of Medicine. With over 20 years of experience, she’s a seasoned Chartered Physiotherapist and Chartered Manager.
Passionate about the community, Cirsty has spent 15 years working in the charity sector, including roles at Jersey Cheshire Home, Jersey Sport, and Jersey Hospice. She has also worked in the NHS and Jersey General Hospital as a Senior Medical Physiotherapist specialising in neurology, respiratory and palliative care on Medical wards and Intensive Care.
Throughout her time in the charitable sector, Cirsty has worked in Executive or Senior Management roles and has been responsible for leading the implementation or redesign a number of Community based Services. She is passionate about asset based community development and the power of community when it is brought together in a meaningful way.
Beyond her professional roles, she has a diverse background of other paid and voluntary roles including teaching sailing, managing a watersports center in Greece, youth work, working as a community builder in Wales, working for Christian Surfers, and working on a sailing a 56ft yacht across the Atlantic to the UK. Cirsty also set up a local charity, Little Miracles, and is a community advisor for the Jersey Community Foundation and a Board member for Family Nursing and Homecare.
Cirsty’s personal journey includes her father’s catastrophic sight loss when she was 8 years old and she has a son who has a genetic neurological condition, ADHD, Autism, learning disability and Cerebral Palsy meaning he needs care with all parts of his life. This lived experience alongside her clinical knowledge and experience grants her a profound and unique perspective on disability.
She truly believes that disability is not a problem to be solved or a condition to be explained, but rather is a part of human diversity and identity.
Cirsty’s deep passion lies in empowering and fostering equality and creating opportunities for those with disabilities. She established Jersey’s only adapted cycle center, “Cycle Without Limits,” and played a pivotal role in bringing Disney Marvel Superheroes Series events to the island.
Disability does not mean inability, it is an opportunity to see the world differently and innovate!
Cirsty’s commitment to community began at a young age, nurtured by her upbringing in her family’s local village garage and active involvement in churches. Over the years, she has been dedicated to numerous community initiatives and organisations both in Jersey and the UK, including:
RNLI: Serving as a former Inshore lifeboat Crew member.
Youth work and Community building in St Mellons, Cardiff: Living in one of the most deprived council estates in South Wales, facilitating collaboration between residents, local authorities, police, social services, churches, and schools.
Founding Christian Surfers Jersey: Establishing a branch of CSUK to support the local surfing community through partnerships with churches, surf schools, and the surfing community. She also worked across Europe to support the coordination of and grow the female surfing community.
In 2014, Cirsty setup the charity, Little Miracles, to support families with babies in the Special Care Baby Unit which is still running to this day.
St. Mark’s Church: Involvement in church activities.
Teaching Dinghy sailing and Safety Boat Duties: Contributions over many years to various organisations such as RCIYC, St Aubin’s Fort, Hobie European Championships, and the Island Games.
Jersey Surfboard Club – Previous Committee Member
Fundraising for various charities: Collaborative efforts with her son, supporting organizations like Jersey Hospice Care, Holidays for Heroes, and Children in Need.
Voluntary Board member of Family Nursing and Homecare
Cirsty lives in St Brelade with her husband, Stuart, and her son, Harry (12 years old). Harry’s premature birth, which resulted in an 8-week stay in the SCBU, inspired Cirsty to establish the charity, Little Miracles.
Family holds a central place in Cirsty’s life, with strong bonds to her parents, who also live in Jersey. Tragically, she lost her brother, a well-known and loved Funeral Director on the island, in a plane accident in 2008. She also enjoys spending time with her extended family on her cousins’ croft in the Outer Hebrides.
In recent years, Cirsty and Harry have become an active duo, participating in various sporting events, including Disney Marvel Superheroes Triathlons, Children in Need fundraisers, and Parkruns. As a family, they are often seen with their specialised running buggy and bike, exploring the outdoors and traveling in their campervan.
Cirsty’s love for the sea, cultivated from a young age, often leads her to be on or in the water. She advocates active travel and is frequently spotted riding her electric bike with Harry in tow. She is a dedicated, albeit leisurely, triathlete and runner, taking part in various races, including half marathons, the London Marathon, Brecca Jersey various triathplons and Ironman 70.3’s.
When not engaging in physical activities, Cirsty enjoys reading, cooking, and dining out. Additionally, she actively contributes to the local community by volunteering at sporting and community events and remains an engaged member of St Mark’s Church.