A note from SAIF’s Executive Chairman

March 18, 2015   //   No Comments

As we progress through March, all roads lead to Windsor and the Annual General Meeting and Banquet weekend. At the time of writing we have over 300 bookings for the weekend, a mark of the success SAIF is currently enjoying.

Membership now stands at 800 full members representing over 1400 funeral homes. If you’re an independent funeral director who is currently not a member of SAIF, now could be the time for you to join this fast growing organisation.

The regional meeting programme will commence in April and I look forward to meeting many of you when we visit your area. We will be complementing the regional meetings with a First Aid Course earlier on the same day. This subsidised training day is restricted in numbers so look at the details elsewhere in this SAIFINSIGHT or on the SAIF website and book early. The first course in Durham is almost fully booked.

We are busy preparing for the National Funeral Exhibition which be held at Stoneleigh on 12th-14th June. Please note the dates in your diary and come to visit the SAIF stand.

Time for ‘au revoir’ to two gentlemen, firstly to National President Mark Woollard, ‘ the Beeman of Kent’ who relinquishes the role at Windsor on the 22nd March. Mark has served SAIF quite exceptionally. Always available for whatever duties from the opening of an envelope to kindred association banquets, Mark has proved very popular within the funeral professional at large, if for no other reason than his ‘selfies’. We wish Mark and Mary a well earned rest and good luck with the honey.

Another retirement is that of Roger N Arber who will retire, in April, after 28 years of distinguished service to the London Cremation Company during which time the Company has more than doubled in size. Roger joined LCC in 1984 and was appointed Executive Director in 1986 and subsequently Managing Director in 1992. He has been Secretary of The Cremation Society of Great Britain since 1982 and served as Secretary-General of the International Cremation Federation from 1990 to 2003. He is editor of Pharos International and a trustee of the Golders Green Foundation.