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Cremation Society chair to step down

Harvey Thomas CBE has announced that he will retire from the role of Chairman of the Cremation Society in July this year.

The Society is a charity and Mr Thomas will continue as a trustee and council member.

Mr Thomas succeeded the Rev Dr Peter Jupp as Chairman of the Society in 2009. He is also a non-Executive Director of the London Cremation Company plc which owns Golders Green and five other crematoria.   

His professional career included 15 years directing the late Billy Graham's Missions around the world and 14 years with Margaret Thatcher, when he was Director of Press and Communication for the Conservative Party.

"The Cremation Society is the leading cremation organisation in the country", Mr Thomas said. "It has been a privilege to serve as its Chairman and I look forward to working with, and supporting, my successor."

The Society's Council will shortly appoint a Vice-Chairman to succeed Mr Thomas and take on the role of Chairman in July.

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