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Fit for purpose in the 21st century

Fit for purpose in the 21st century

Steve Pearce of the Southern Co-operative has been installed as the next president of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) at the organisation’s conference in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Admitting to some apprehension about his new role, the new president expressed pride in the launch of the NAFD’s new suite of educational qualifications, the culmination of five years’ hard work by many. He said they ensured that the educational format of the association was ‘fit for purpose in the 21st century’.

Steve also praised outgoing president Andrew Pargetter for demonstrating “great dignity, charm and passion” while in office, and promised to do all he could to ensure that recommendations of the strategy group were “considered carefully, reviewed thoroughly and ultimately implemented as necessary”.

Currently chief operating officer for end of life services for Southern Co-operative Funeral Division, and a past president of the Co-operative Funeral Service Managers’ Association, Steve is supported in his presidency by new first vice president, Simon Fisher, and second vice president, Paul Cuthell.

The changing of the guard was the culmination of the NAFD’s annual conference held on Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire from May 17th to 20th. Outgoing president Andrew Pargetter, hosted a conference that included official presentations, awards for graduates, educational sessions, partners outing, a medieval banquet in Warwick Castle and, of course, the annual banquet, with 350 people attending.

This latter event raised £5,500 for the president’s charity, the Children’s Air Ambulance.

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