The National Association of Funeral Directors can now add two more trophies to the cabinet in National Office having picked up awards for Magazine of the Year – as well as a personal accolade for NAFD Chief Executive Officer Alan Slater MBE for his outstanding contribution to the funeral sector – at the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice awards in July.
In addition the National Funeral Exhibition was a finalist for Exhibition of the Year and the Association’s brand new website – – was in the top three for Website of the Year.
The TAF Best Practice Awards are recognised and supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which is also a longstanding member of the TAF’s independent final judging panel. The Awards are designed to contribute to the success of trade associations and their staff at all levels within the trade association world and help bring them closer to fulfilling their goals, as well as contributing to their learning and development opportunities.
Linda Cavener, General Manager of the Trade Association Forum, said about the Magazine of the Year Award: “Funeral Director Monthly is of excellent quality and it provides great value for money. The high level of ambition set by NAFD for their magazine has been more than reached and it is, quite simply, a thumping good read!”

She went on to describe why Alan Slater was chosen for the Outstanding Contribution award: “Alan took on what was at the time considered to be an old-fashioned and staid organisation with the challenge of a declining membership. He re-energised the National Association of Funeral Directors so that it is now considered by many to be the ‘must consult’ organisation for the sector. He achieved this by building successful cross-party groups, securing alliances with like-minded organisations and reaching out to others in the industry to join forces in the best interests of the sector. Alan has demonstrated an inclusive attitude and real commitment to the profession and his contribution is, by any stretch of the imagination, outstanding.”