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Paul Bowley was born in Brighton; growing up in Woodingdean he attended Rudyard Kipling infants then Whitehawk Junior and Secondary schools. In 1980 Paul started work as a coffin maker with W A Stringer & Son in Kensington Gardens, G Newman in Trafalger Street and Frank Davey of Hurstpierpoint; He moved to Hassocks to establish Bowley Funeral Service in 1999. Paul is a member of the SAIF National Executive Committee, and will be their National President in 2017/2018. He is a governor of the Independent Funeral Directors College and a member of the Rotary Organisation since 1987.
Sharon Saunders is a local girl; born in Fulking, she went to school in Albourne and then Downlands, and has lived in Mid Sussex for her whole life. Sharon married in 1979, moving to Hassocks in 1981 where she has been ever since. Working for Bowley Funeral Service since 2000, Sharon passed her Independent Funeral Directors Qualifications in 2008. Having arranged literally thousands of funeral throughout her career, she is passionate about helping the bereaved, and is also a specialist Golden Charter pre-paid funeral advisor.
Berit Hoad is of Scandinavian descent; she grew up in Burgess Hill and moved to Brighton when she was 20 years old. She previously worked in the travel industry and then for Sussex Police – both in Customer Service related departments. Berit moved to Hassocks with her husband and daughter in 2014 and enjoys country walks and village life. Berit joined Bowley Funeral Service as a Funeral Arranger in May 2015. She finds that being able to help bereaved families through the difficult task of arranging a funeral for a loved one is a privileged and rewarding position.
Sue Vickery started to work closely with us when we opened our premises in Burgess Hill in 2010. With a background in financial services, Sue is our Accounts Manager and Book Keeper, as well as our company secretary. Sue is also a specialist advisor for Golden Charter Independent Way Funeral Plans.
Davina Docherty, Paul’s partner, joined us in 2015, working closely with Patrick Gallagher and Paul on the stonemasonry side of the business. Davina previously worked for an American software company as their office manager. With her strong attention to detail and knowledge of administrative process, she is now training in administering stonemasonry. When she is not trekking around church yards and cemeteries, Davina is based in our office in Burgess Hill.
Mel Barnes is our highly valued resident embalmer. She is married with two children, whose arrival led to a career change and her studying at the London School of Embalming. Mel achieved the highest practical examination mark in the southern region at the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and was consequently awarded the Alan Sinclair Cup of the Trustees Award in 2010.
Name & Registered Office:
Sussex Family Funeral Directors Ltd,
20 SUSSEX ROAD,
Company No. 08950861