Nicholas O’Hara

DipFD, MBIFD, MBIE

Nicholas entered the funeral profession at 15 years old and by the age of 20 had gained diplomas in both Funeral Directing and Embalming. Nicholas started the business, along with his parents in 1974 and right from the beginning he established the ethos that we still adhere to today; an unwavering commitment to high standards and very personal levels of service afforded to every family we support. He believes wholeheartedly in the importance of making every funeral unique and special to the family and their loved one.

Son, Anthony now manages the business day to day, however Nicholas remains very hands on, helping out in every department and involved in many of the funerals we undertake.

Nicholas is a keen football fan; he has sponsored local youth football leagues and Wimborne Town FC, where he was also Chairman and a Director for a number of years. Very much part of the Wimborne community, he also enjoys fishing, watching AFC Bournemouth with his son and grandson, cruise holidays and spending time with his family.

Jackie O’Hara

Jackie has been alongside her husband Nicholas since the beginning in 1974 but took a full time role in 1988. Jackie’s roles included accounts, payroll, staffing of funerals and helping make sure each day ran smoothly. Jackie retired in May 2022.

Anthony O’Hara

Business Principal

DipFD, MBIFD

Anthony joined the family business in 1997. The following year Anthony gained his diploma in Funeral Directing and became a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directing (BIFD).

Anthony is now the Business Principal of the funeral business. As well as the day to day running he also gives guidance on memorials, looks after the companies social media, advertising and events. In 2013 he was invited to be part of SaifCharter’s working groups and was the Chair of the Voice of the Funeral Director group and was elected elected onto the SaifCharter national executive, as one of just eleven funeral directors representing almost 750 individual independent funeral businesses across the UK, where he served from 2017-2023. 

He has served as the 2013/14 president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors.

The same year that Anthony joined the family business, he also became a father to daughter, Shannon and then again in 2000 to son Connor. Anthony is a huge Liverpool FC fan and an AFC Bournemouth season ticket holder with his son and father. Up to the age of 17 Anthony spent time playing at the Reading FC youth academy.

Anthony’s other passions include running,  and playing with his English Bulldog “Buzz”. Anthony married Jane in Santorini, Greece in July 2021.

Natalie O’Hara

Business Principal

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 she has helped create many of the Orders of Service family’s use today, memory cards, invitations and online donation pages.

Natalie also helps her brother in event planning, social media and in running the office day to day.

Natalie has two children called Harley and Hope. 

Chris Antell

Funeral Celebrant

DipFD

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

Chris also discovered a passion for officiating at funerals where a family do not wish to have a minister and he takes a huge amount of personal care and preparation to make each person’s funeral service as special as possible. This unique skill has lead Chris to becoming our own funeral celebrant.

Chris’ wife Bernie retired as our donations clerk in 2011. They have 3 children. Chris is a keen follower of Southampton FC and attends church locally.

Philip Evans

Funeral Director

DipFD

Philip the son of a Church Minister showed a calling to the profession Funeral profession from a very young age and throughout his school life always wanted to become a Funeral Director. His first discussion with a Funeral Director about his ambition was with Nicholas’ father Pat when he visited him at Somerleigh Court, having first spoken to him following a Funeral he had attended.

On leaving school Philip was fortunate enough to start work experience with a Funeral Director, after which he was accepted on a full time basis. Having been trained in the various aspects of the profession he then became a Funeral Director in 1985. Philip has now worked within the funeral profession locally for over 30 years. He gained his diploma in Funeral Directing in 1991.

When we needed an additional Funeral Director to join the business in 2010, Philip’s vast local knowledge and experience made him the obvious choice. He joined the firm in October of that year.

Outside of work Philip performed for many years with Wimborne Musical Theatre.

Philip is also in charge of the companies IT and telecommunications.

Jon Austin

Funeral Director

Jon joined the funeral director team in September 2021. He had gained over 3 years experience in this role prior to joining us and has done many of the roles from operative to funeral director. Jon has a real calm nature which is one of his assests in helping families at their time of need. 

Jon has lived locally all his life and his father was a Registrar for births, deaths and marriages.

Jon enjoys fishing and plays snooker in a league  in his spare time as well as spending time with his family. He is also a Manchester Utd football fan.

Rory Craig

Funeral Director

Rory joined the funeral directing team in January 2017. He already had gained experience working for a national group where he had many roles before rising to his role as a funeral director. 

Rory was brought up and educated in Wimborne and enjoys walking, travel and supports Newcastle United.

Like all our funeral directing team his main aim is to give each family the service and support they require and to create a unique funeral day

Anna Jackson

Funeral Director

Anna joined us in February 2022 from another local funeral business and has over 10 years experience in the funeral industry mainly working as a funeral director. Anna will be helping people with arranging funerals and also conducting them.

One of Anna’s best assets is her attention to detail, to ensure all areas of the funeral are considered and planned with the families we care for. 

Anna was previosuly a Theatre Nurse and is a Registrar for weddings at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Poole.

Lauren Hobby-Godsell

Funeral Director

Lauren joined us in May 2022 and has over 3 years previous experience working in the funeral industry, including working at a crematorium, she also has a background in marketing and design. Laurens passion for her role is to give each family the upmost care and support through the funeral journey, and the relationship she creates with them has seen her role change from funeral arranger to funeral director and conductor.

Lauren is based at our Verwood office. She also creates most of our design work used on our website and social media channels.

Charlotte Hall

Funeral Director

Charlotte joined us in the summer of 2022 having already gained 8 years exprience in the profession, learning the many roles leading up to her role as funeral director. She has experience in arranging many different types of funeral including full military services. 

Charlotte is primarily based in our Canford Heath office.

Bethany Agar

Funeral Director

Beth also joined us in the summer of 2022 and has been funeral arranging for over 2 years and quickly gained experience in arranging many different types of funeral. 

Beth is the youngest of the funeral directing team but has a wise and caring head.

Mortuary & Theatre Team

Ian Smith, MBIE

Ian’s background was vastly different from his role today having worked in the print trade since school. He joined the company in 2012 as an operative and it soon became clear he had the skills to become an embalmer and spent one day a week for over two years training in London to gain his diploma.

Ian’s main role is as lead embalmer, running the mortuary and theatre. Ian also provides training to local nursing home staff, trainee nurses and carers in the work he does to improve knowledge and understanding of this important aspect to our work.

Ian’s wife Sally is also a community nurse and they have two sons.

Social Media & Website content

Jane O’Hara (Anthony’s wife) has taken up the support role of providing content for the companies social media and website blogs. Jane will also be helping plan events the company support within the community. Jane has had various admin roles which include working for M&S, a large international fitness chain, a leading local complementary therapy centre, a digital marketing company and she is also a qualified beauty therapist.

Branch Administrators

Working between our other funeral homes are Teresa and Michelle.

Teresa Arnold has a background in nursing and has taken over the role as Donations Clerk = which runs from our West Moors office. Teresa has been with us since 2008.

Michelle Fisher is the newest addition to the admin team and comes with a wealth of experience having previosuly worked at the RNLI, The Regent Centre in Christchurch and also another funeral business. Michelle will be based at our Westbourne office. 

Funeral Operatives Team

The operatives team are highly important as they have many roles and often are the unseen members of the company. Their roles including maintaining the funeral fleet, running the workshop, keeping the grounds tidy, support on funerals, bringing deceased’s into our care and being part of the bearer team.

Celso Barreto has been with the company since 2007 and took over the role from his uncle. Originally from Madeira has now lived in the UK for over 20 years and has a real eye for detail and standards and is the Operatives Manager. Celso was previously a chef so enjoys cooking and is often the lead joke maker.

Ian Hobson started his funeral career as an operative with the business in 2015. Ian was educated and lives locally with his wife Hannah who is a community Sister and their two daughters. Ian enjoys camping, surfing, skateboarding, playing the guitar and is a VW fan.

Chris Nother-Bunce joined us in August 2020 and has gained experience working for a national funeral group for the previous 2 years. His background prior to this was engineering but has found the change into the funeral industry to be rewarding and loves his new career choice. 

Ryan Golding started with the company in March 2022 having previosuly been the head groundsman at Wimborne Cemetery. The family business were always impressed with Ryan’s eye for detail when they worked together and he became an ideal person to join the operatives team. Ryan and his family have been in Wimborne for many years.

Funeral Support Team

Our funeral support team is made up of :

Jack Taylor, Kerry Habgood, Audas Vipas, Steve Ball, John Young, David Craig, Lee Owen and Duncan Peters whose roles are to support the funeral director at each funeral, coffin bearing and driving of our fleet.  All of this team are vitally important to ensure the smooth operation of each funeral and proudly and smartly represent the company

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Wimborne (Head Ofice)

38 Rowlands Hill
Wimborne
Dorset
BH21 IAW

01202 882134

Verwood

5 The Old Pottery
Manor Way
Verwood
Dorset
BH316HF

01202 824961

West Moors

128 Station Road
West Moors
Dorset
BH22 OJB

01202 895875

Westbourne

38 Seamoor Road
Westbourne
Bournemouth
BH4 9AS

01202 612110

Poole

14 Neighbourhood
Culliford Crescent
Canford Heath
Poole
BH17 9DW

01202 612210

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