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New deputy manager at Tamworth Co-operative

‚ÄčTamworth Co-operative Society has appointed Glen Speak as deputy manager of its funeral division.

Previously a manager with the Co-operative Group, Glen takes over from Bill Galvin, who retired earlier this year.

Glen, who, in his spare time, keeps doves and takes in abandoned parrots for a charity, worked briefly for an independent firm, then joined G Gibbs, a family-run funeral business in West Bromwich for 18 years, and trained as an embalmer. He is now chairman of the British Institute of Embalmers’ Midlands division.

Following the sale of this business to Dignity, he took over the running of a centralised mortuary for all of its funeral homes in Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

He subsequently joined Laurel Funerals as regional manager, with responsibility for opening five new funeral homes in the West Midlands, on top of the four existing branches.

In a previous role, Glen created training sessions for care home staff and was invited to become a guest lecturer at Wolverhampton University, where he produced a similar training programme for student nurses.

He moved to the Co-operative Group in 2013, becoming manager of the Nottingham area, in charge of 15 branches and more than 60 staff conducting around 2,300 funerals a year.

His focus in Tamworth will be on strengthening links with community organisations and charities.

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