Changing views about funerals sets the agenda for NAFD Conference

19-22 May 2016, The Europa Hotel, Belfast

Big industry issues are set to dominate the agenda in May as the NAFD Annual General Meeting and Conference sets sail for Belfast.

Famous as the home of the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the RMS Titanic was built and from where she set sail on her doomed maiden voyage more than a century ago, Belfast is anything but a city stuck in the past. The centre is vibrant, modern and buzzing, with the Conference venue right in the heart of the action. The Conference programme is set to be equally lively, with debates on industry regulation, the future of cremation services, insight from colleagues in the US and the findings of a consumers survey about attitudes to the profession, all on the agenda.

Conference Programme

Conference 2016 is set to be a pivotal one for the funeral profession. During the three-day event findings from a major consumer research study, by respected polling company YouGov, into what the British public really feels about funerals and funeral directors, will help to set the agenda for the future director of the profession.

Other sessions during the conference include The changing face of cremation services in the UK, from Martin Birch, President of the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management; Emerging trends within US funerals, by Christine Pepper, CEO of the National Funeral Directors’ Association in America; Simon Rothwell, European Director of CG Labs, on how precious DNA can be preserved and an insight into a new solution to accelerate the natural disposition of human remains by Tony Ennis of ecoLegacy.

Sponsorship packages

Align your business with NAFD members at the Association’s largest and most high profile event of the year.

With such a compelling agenda, Conference in 2016 is set to be a must-attend event, giving sponsors extensive access to many of the most influential figures in the funeral profession. In addition there are profile opportunities for sponsors in Funeral Director Monthly – read by 3,400 senior level influencers every month and on the NAFD’s website which attracts more than 2,000 visitors a month.

For details of our sponsorship packages, which range from a few hundred pounds to our two Platinum Packages at £10,000 each, please contact Su Lewis on 0121 711 1343 ext. 1001 or


Reception at Stormont

The historic Long Gallery at the Parliament Buildings on the Stormont estate, the seat of Government in Northern Ireland, will be our unique venue for the traditional Welcome Buffet Reception on Thursday 19 May.

Come and enjoy a rare behind the scenes look at one of Belfast’s most beautiful and historic buildings as well as catching up with friends and colleagues from across the profession.

A ‘Titanic’ experience

On Friday guests can enjoy an informal evening of fine food, music and dancing in the stunning surroundings of the Titanic Experience, Belfast.

After enjoying the dramatic Discovery Tour which brings the Titanic vividly to life there will be a meal, live entertainment and dancing – and an evening in Belfast would be complete without the opportunity to taste some fine Irish whiskies too!

The NAFD Banquet & ball

Saturday night’s black tie banquet is one of the most popular events in the NAFD calendar.

A chance to celebrate the end of President William Millar’s year, join colleagues from across the profession, in the ballroom at the Europa Hotel, for an evening of first class food, fine wine and fabulous company – complete with live entertainment and dancing into the wee, small hours.

Book your place at NAFD Conference now!

NAFD members and non-members from across the profession are warmly welcomed to attend. Please note, however, that non-members will not be able to attend the AGM section of Friday’s Conference session.

To book your place and secure accomodation at the Conference hotel at exclusive rates please call Membership Manager Su Lewis on 0121 711 1343 ext. 1001 or email