The NAFD was among the line-up of winners at the Association Excellence Awards held on 27 February, as Funeral Director Monthly was awarded the top accolade in the Best Association Newsletter category.

The awards are held to celebrate the success of individuals and teams in striving towards excellence in serving members of professional and trade associations. According to the organiser, Global Conference Network, winners were chosen for showcasing “best practice in all areas of running a successful, responsible and sustainable association – focused on serving members’ needs and delivering value to members.”

Funeral Director Monthly is, according to the judges, “”a well-considered members’ magazine with a good sense of purpose.  The inclusion of humour and fresh news stories, combined with more conventional informative content, has led to a very engaging newsletter on a potentially depressing subject.”

NAFD President Paul Cuthell, Chief Executive Officer Alan Slater, Editor-in-Chief Su Lewis and Funeral Director Monthly editor Deborah Smith, of Wordsmith Communication, accepted the award from sponsor Knp Litho and event host the Rt Hon Michael Portillo.

Said Alan Slater: “It is great to achieve recognition for the work we have done to reposition Funeral Director Monthly as the business publication for the funeral sector. It is the only ABC audited publication within the profession and, as well as carrying updates about the NAFD’s media and Parliamentary lobbying campaigns, education and professional development programmes, business advice and news from members, we’ve worked hard to ensure that it also covers a broad spectrum of sector news and isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects.“