G Wathall’s Sixth GenerationMay 4, 2017 // No Comments
The sixth generation of the family-owned G Wathall & Son has shown the value of engaging with the next generation. Bec and Charlotte Wathall will be working alongside their mother and company managing director Helen Wathall. Bec (23) has joined as Helen’s Personal Assistant. Her role includes assisting with the company’s digital marketing function and she is also involved in the expansion of the business – with two new branches in Borrowash and Alvaston following the merger with Pride Funeral Services. She also worked on the refurbishment of the Borrowash branch, which opened in early September.
Meanwhile, Charlotte (19) is a trainee Funeral Arranger. She recently led on arranging the funeral of veteran soldier John Kearns, who died without any known family at Royal Derby Hospital aged 95. The Royal British Legion invited the public to pay their respects at Markeaton Crematorium and it was standing room only on the day. Bec graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in fashion fabrics and accessories, specializing in digital printing, and worked in various retail and administrative roles before joining the family firm.
She said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the business and I am particularly enjoying taking the lead on updating our technology to modernise the way we do things and being involved in our expansion and re-branding at the new branches.”
Charlotte added: “I chose business studies in sixth form to gain more understanding of how businesses work as I always knew that I wanted to join Mum in the business. I achieved my results at the end of the two-year course and am now really enjoying my role as a Funeral Arranger. Mum joined our granddad Bill in the firm when she was also only 18 and we are both incredibly proud of what she has achieved in business and family life.”
“I pride myself with being well organised so the role of a funeral arranger is well suited to my abilities. With building my confidence and taking arrangements, I want to follow the previous generations of my family’s reputation as caring, compassionate funeral arrangers who give pronounced customer care for families who have lost their loved ones.”