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Our Staff

Alongside Nicholas there are 6 funeral directors

Anthony O’Hara DipFD, MBIFD

Joined the family business in 1997 the same year as he became a father to daughter, Shannon and has a son Connor born in 2000. The following year gained his diploma in funeral directing and became a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directing (BIFD). Anthony is now the Manager of the funeral business and also manages the Memorial business and is head of Funeral Planning. He has served as the 2013/14 president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors.

His wife Jo also helps in the business and he is a huge Liverpool FC fan and an AFC Bournemouth season ticket holder with his son and father. Up to the age of 17 spent time playing at the Reading FC youth academy. His other passions are skiing, mountain biking and helping his wife and daughter with their 3 horses.

Chris Antell DipFD

Joined the business in 1993 after growing up locally and working on his family farm and then owning his own haulage business. It was after the loss of his mother Chris had the calling to change to a career in funeral directing and he gained his diploma in funeral directing in 1995. Chris has been a past-president of the Bournemouth Association of Funeral Directors.

Chris also discovered a passion for officiating at a funeral where a family do not wish to have a minister and takes a huge amount of personal care and preparation to make a person’s funeral service as special as possible. Chris own wife Bernie retired as donations clerk in 2011 and they have 3 children. Chris is a keen follower of Southampton FC and attends church locally.

Philip Evans DipFD

Philip first came into contact with the funeral industry when Nicholas himself conducted the funeral of Philip’s step-father whilst Philip was still at school. This started his calling to this profession and Philip has worked within the funeral industry locally now for over 30 years and also gained his diploma in funeral directing in 1991.

Philip joined us in October 2010 after the family needed another funeral director to work alongside them and with his vast local knowledge and experience Philip became the obvious choice.

Philip’s main hobbies outside work include performing with Wimborne Musical Theatre.

Simon Kearley DipFD, MBIE

Simon joined the funeral directing team in 2011 and had already gained six years prior experience and has been awarded his diplomas both in funeral directing and embalming. Simon has many out of work interests and in April 2012 trekked to Mount Everest base camp which is the start of fulfilling a life time ambition.

Kerry Beale DipFD

Kerry is our first qualified lady funeral director  (starting January 2013), and brings some thirteen years of funeral directing experience and gained her diploma in funeral directing in 2009.  Kerry had a previous career in nursing which she feels has given her a good grounding and high standards for such a unique profession.

Chris Johnson DipFD

Chris is the newest member of the funeral directing team, joining us in March 2015, but also has over 6 years of local experience within the industry. Chris has recently become a father for the first time and he also enjoys running and playing football for a local Sunday team. Chris gained his diploma in funeral directing in 2011.

Office Team

Alongside Jackie working in the main office in Wimborne are Natalie, her daughter and Jackie’s sister Julie.

Natalie joined her parents and brother in late 1997 and left only to become a mum to her children Harley and Hope and then returned now they are both at school. Her main skill is computer design and has helped create many of the orders of service families use today as well as all working in the accounts section.

Julie also is in her second spell with the business, having started as the donations clerk she left to venture new roles including being bar manager at two local pubs. In 2007 she returned to take over when Natalie left to have children and her main roles are controlling the vast amounts of paperwork needed from family letters to newspaper announcements as well as working on the many orders of service required.

Branch staff

Working between our two other branches are Sue, Teresa and Pauline.

Sue is related to Jackie and has worked primarily at our Verwood office since 1999 and is a friendly face many families come and speak to as they pass by.

Teresa has a background in nursing and has taken over the role as donations clerk alongside Pauline which runs from our West Moors office. Teresa has been with us since 2008.

Pauline is our newest staff member having only joined in June 2011 but has worked within the funeral industry for many years, her uncle Jim actually helped train Nick when he first entered the profession.

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