Who’s who

National Executive Chief Executive
National President SAIF Scotland
SAIF Business Centre Role of the Executive Committee

National Executive 2022/23


  • Chief Executive / Secretary – Terry Tennens
  • National President – Jo Parker
  • 1st Vice President – Mark Horton
  • 2nd Vice President – Sean Martin
  • SAIF Scotland President – James Morris
  • Immediate Past National President – Mark Porteous


  • IFD College: Chris Parker
  • Government Liaison: Paul Allcock
  • Professional Standards: Paul Sillett
  • SAIF Representative on SAIF Charter: David Garland-Thomas
  • SAIF Scotland Government Liaison – Joe Murren at govliaise@saifscotland.org
  • SAIF Scotland Standards/ Quality issues – qualitycomply@saifscotland.org
  • Treasurer: John Helps ACA

Committee Members             

  • Craig Caldwell
  • Amanda Dalby
  • Simon Helliar–Moore
  • Ross Hickton
  • Declan Maguire
  • Gemma O’Driscoll
  • Gary Staker

Role of the Executive Committee

SAIF’s Executive Committee’s role is to act as the governing institution of the association with members expected to:

  • conduct his/her business interests in a manner which upholds the best standards of the society
  • attend quarterly Executive Committee meetings
  • attend SAIF’s National events, whenever possible
  • attend their regional meeting as the Executive Committee’s representative of that region
  • provide input, advice, experience and resources to assist the Chief Executive and SBC staff in their day to day operations
  • act as co-ordinators in their own region especially if there is no other key person in the region

At each Annual General Meeting, there is usually an opportunity to join the committee, with varying numbers of places available. All SAIF members are contacted prior to the AGM about the opportunity to stand for one of the places.

Jo Parker, National President 2022-23

National President 2022/23

Jo Parker is SAIF’s National President for 2022-23. She is Managing Director of Abbey Funeral Services in Tonbridge, Kent and a long-standing member of SAIF’s Executive Committee since 2013.

Jo has selected Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention as her charity of the year. PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. Their vision is for a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

Click here for help or advice from Papyrus or watch their video.

Support Jo’s charity here: You can support this worthwhile charity directly on SAIF’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/saif2022-23 or use this QR Code:

Or you can donate online by visiting: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/donate/

Chief Executive

Terry Tennens joined SAIF as Chief Executive in 2016.

Whether it’s commenting on changes in legislation, consulting with other like-minded organisations or providing a comment for the media – Terry is committed to ensuring the views of independent funeral directors are heard throughout the UK.

SAIF Scotland

SAIF Scotland represents the interests of our members north of the border – responding to changes in legislation and other issues that are specific to Scotland and the Scottish Government.


  • Scottish President – James Morris
  • 1st Vice President – Declan Maguire
  • 2nd Vice President –
  • Immediate Past President – James Carcary
  • Scottish Treasurer & Membership – Declan Maguire
  • Scottish Secretary – Gavin Henshelwood 0141 445 1124 / secretary@saifscotland.org

Meeting dates: Please contact Gavin Henshelwood for more details of meetings or to register your places.

SAIF Business Centre

  • Administration Manager – Claire Day
  • Administrators: Angela Camp, Sam Reynolds, Maria Sherlock, Sharon Wellford
  • Telephone: 01279 726777 / 0345 2306777
  • Email via the Contact Form

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