The NAFD has been shortlisted for Best UK Trade Association, Best Newsletter (for Funeral Director Monthly) and Best Exhibition for the National Funeral Exhibition, at the inaugural Association Excellence Awards.

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The Association Excellence Awards recognise individuals, teams and initiatives and highlight excellence in how associations operate and serve their members, focusing on best practice in all areas of running a successful, responsible and sustainable association – serving members needs and delivering value to members.

Entries were reviewed by   25 judges who are all chief executives of leading associations, and the NAFD is up against tough competition including the British Dental Association, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the Law Society of Scotland and the Institute of Water, amongst many others.

The awards are organised by the Global Conference Network (GCN) which has extensive experience and expertise in running industry-leading awards programmes. GCN awards are highly sought after because of the independent and rigorous judging process by industry practitioners and leaders – which means they showcase the very best, as judged by industry peers.

Alan Slater, NAFD Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted that our work both to provide industry-leading benefits for our members and to uphold and develop the standards and reputation of the whole funeral profession has been recognised in this way.

“I am particularly delighted with the nominations for Funeral Director Monthly and the National Funeral Exhibition. I have long believed that they are in a league of their own within the funeral sector, so it’s great to see them hold their own amongst the best in class across all trade associations.”