A paranormal researcher based in Wiltshire in the South West of England, she regularly investigates reports of paranormal activity using scientific scepticism and rational inquiry. She primarily researches ghost phenomena but has also branched out into various types of monster sightings in recent years.
“As a kid I never said ‘When I grow up I want to be some sort of Mystery Gang reject ‘ but that’s what happened.”
Hayley began researching paranormal phenomena in 2005 aged 18 as a long standing believer in all sorts of paranormal ideas, but started blogging as a non-believer in 2007. Her writing can be found in numerous magazines and books including Skeptical Inquirer, Paranormal Magazine, Skeptic Magazine and more.
Identifying as a Skeptical Activist she has taken part in numerous public stunts including pro-choice demonstrations and the 2010 Ten23 national homeopathic overdose. You may have seen Hayley on BBC1′s The Big Questions’ in March 2014 debating ‘Does Prayer Cure?’ Hayley also helps to run Bath Skeptics in the Pub.
Hayley acts as a media adviser for numerous media outlets ranging from from the BBC to regional newspapers, offering advice on odd stories and topics, and works with other researchers on an adhoc basis. She has also spoken internationally about researching the paranormal, including audiences for Denkfest, QEDcon, Centre For Inquiry, British Humanist Association, European Skeptics Congress and more.
Hayley is a host for the Be Reasonable podcast alongside Michael Marshall. In 2013 and 2014 the ‘Hayley is a Ghost’ blog was shortlisted for The Skeptic magazine’s Occham’s Award for ‘Best Skeptic Blog’. All skeptical activism and paranormal research is conducted as an aside from her full time job managing the Box Office for a popular Concert Hall.
What people say about Hayley
‘…at the Scully end of the Mulder-Scully X-Files Spectrum’ – The Times
‘More skeptics like Hayley, please’ Greg Newkirk, Planet Weird
“the quintessential definition of a reasoned skeptic” - Micah Hanks
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