SAIF Education Day – 1st November 2017

Event Date: 1st November 2017

Our annual Education Day brings together funeral professionals and specialists from areas which affect the profession.  It allows SAIF members to keep up to date with issues and gain ideas for best practice for their own funeral business.  The full day event will include talks from a range of organisations which affect every day work of independent funeral directors plus an even wider array of companies will be exhibiting their latest products and services. This year’s event will take place at Leicester Tigers Football Club in Leicester on 1st November.


Agenda (Draft agenda, subject to change)

09.30-10.00 Registration, tea/coffee and exhibition
10.00-10.15 Welcome & introduction
10.15-11.00 Regulation of Funeral Directors Cheryl Paris, Burial and Cremation Legislation Team Leader, Scottish Government will give an overview of the legislative changes and landscape on how they affect funeral directors in Scotland and those who work across the border. Natalie McKail, Scotland’s First Inspector of Funerals Directors will present about the scope and role with particular interest in care of the deceased.
11.00-11.30 The Latest in Embalming Technique Challenges Kevin Sinclair will be discussing the latest issues in embalming including patches and pacemakers.
11.30-12.00 Refreshment break & Exhibition
12.00-12.30 Handling Conflict with Families Gavin Faber will be addressing in a practical way how funeral durectors can best handle conflicts within families. This is an increasing problem for funeral homes caught up in funeral disputes and includes advice on how to manage these difficult situations.
12.30-13.45 Lunch & Exhibition Exhibitors wil be covering a variety of subjects which directly impact the work of funeral directors.
13.45-14.05 Cyber Fraud – Making sure you’re covered Funeral insurance expert Brian Hart will provide guidelines on protecting your business.
14.05-14.45 Social Fund Payments Fatima Uzzaman will be covering: an update on changes to bereavement benefits; a forecast of future changes; the DWP’s position on whether it steers families towards direct cremation or allows freedom of choice for a for a whole funeral service; whether when the fund is reviewed, there will be the possibilitity for this to be shared more favourably between crematoria/cemeteries, doctors, celebrants/ministers and funeral directors.
14.45-15.15 Refreshment break & Exhibition
15.15-15.45 International Disaster Recovery Robert Rowntree is a leader within the field of disaster recovery.   Listern to how mass incidents across the world are recovered and how funeral directors volunteer to support this amazing humanitarian work.
15.45-16.15 IFD College & education update plus awards IFD College students who have successfully completed a wide range of courses will be awarded with certicates.
16.15 Close of 2017 Education Day
16:15- 16.30 Final opportunity to visits the stands




Natalie McKail, Scotland’s First Inspector of Funerals
Cheryl Paris, Burial & Cremation Team of the Scottish Government
Kevin Sinclair, GT Embalming
Gavin Faber, Irwin Mitchell solicitors
Brian Hart, SAIFInsure
Fatima Uzzaman, Dept. of Work and Pensions, Westminster Parliament
Robert Rowntree, Kenyons International Disaster Recovery
Chris Parker, Chair of IFD College


Booking details

To book places, please either:

  1. Use this link to book and pay for places online at EventBrite.
  2. Or download and print this form and follow the instructions to return it to SAIF Business Centre: invitation


Sponsors / exhibitors

  • Allsops CTF Ltd
  • Assoc. of Independent Celebrants
  • Colourful Coffins
  • Fellowship of Professional Celebrants
  • FuneralBooker Ltd
  • FuneralZone
  • GT Elmbalming
  • Guy Elliott Ltd
  • I-Netco Ltd
  • IFD College
  • Institute of Civil Funerals
  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Legacy / Life Expressions
  • MuchLoved Charitable Trust
  • National Repatriation
  • Polstead Press
  • SAIFinsure
  • SAIFsupport
  • Secure Haven Ltd
  • Smart Media (aFuneralnotice)

Feedback from previous events

  • 100% would recommend the day to other funeral professionals
  • 100% found the day Excellent or Good
  • 92% found it Very Useful or Useful
  • “An excellent day which surpassed last year with great topics”
  • “Very worthwhile & interesting day. Excellent facilities.”
  • “The most valuable and informative day of the year, a must for any SAIF member.”