It’s International Women’s Day (8 March 2018) and the National Association of Funeral Directors would like to take this opportunity to recognise the dedication of thousands of female funeral directors and arrangers across the UK and our colleagues across the rest of the world, who are caring for families and those they’ve lost, day-in-day-out.

Once a rarity in what was previously a traditionally male-dominated profession, female funeral directors now stand shoulder to shoulder with their male colleagues, across the country, working together to help families say farewell to those that have died.

We’d also like to take this opportunity celebrate the leadership of NAFD President Alison Crake and Vice President, Abi Pattenden, who will succeed Alison in May. Alison is a funeral director on Teesside who also chairs our Board of Education and Abi is a funeral director in Sussex who chairs the Association’s Membership Committee. It’s the very first time that we’ve had two female presidents in a row, in 112-years of the Association’s history, may there be many more in the future!

Many congratulations also to Jenny Gilbert, of AJ Adkinson in Leicestershire, who was recently elected Midlands Area President of the NAFD.