Stephanie Nimmo grew up in the Victorian seaside town of Penarth in South Wales. She attended the United World College of the Atlantic and subsequently gained a degree in Social Anthropology at Kent University. She moved to London in 1990 and has never left. These days she refers to herself as London Welsh.
Marriage to her long term partner Andy followed together with a mortgage and children. Her successful international marketing career was cut short on the arrival of her fourth child, Daisy, who was born with a rare, life limiting genetic condition. Overnight Steph became a full time carer and entered a world of which she had no prior experience.
Steph writes the multi-award winning blog www.wasthisintheplan.com. She regularly appears in the media as a subject matter expert on issues such as children’s palliative care, engaging people in talking about death and dying and the role of carers. She is often asked to comment on high profile cases around children’s palliative care and is a spokesperson for the paediatric palliative care charity Together for Short Lives. She is involved with training medical and social care professionals at numerous organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Carer’s UK.
Media appearances include; Loose Women, Victoria Derbyshire (BBC 2), BBC Breakfast, Sky Sunrise, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 World at One, BBC Radio London, BBC 1Big Question, BBC World Service. She has been interviewed for the New York Times and the Sunday Times
Steph has written commissioned pieces for Marie Claire, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun, The Mirror and the British Medical Journal.
Steph’s first book Was this in the Plan? was published by Hashtag Press in September 2017. Her book Goodbye Daisy is her first children’s book aimed at supporting children with learning disabilities who are facing the death of a friend.
Andy, Steph’s husband and partner of 27 years died in December 2015 following a diagnosis of terminal cancer the year before. 13 months Steph had to make the heartbreaking decision to switch off her 12 year old daughter Daisy’s life support as she had irreversible sepsis. Steph lives in Wimbledon, South West London, with her three surviving children and their dog, Pluto. Steph personifies resilience. She is determined that despite everything that has happened in her life she will thrive and not just survive.