Jon Levett has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the National Association of Funeral Directors from 1 October 2018.

For the past five years, Jon has been Chief Executive at the British Psychoanalytical Society, which is the main professional body and learned society for psychoanalysts in the UK. During his tenure at the Society, Jon oversaw a number of major changes, including reforms to the organisation’s governance and the establishment of an internationally renowned online learning function, creating significant new income.

Jon’s career has been largely working for professional bodies and regulators, having previously held senior posts at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the General Optical Council and the Architects Registration Board. Jon currently holds some non-executive positions, including Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee of the National Register for Public Service Interpreters, which considers disciplinary cases against foreign language interpreters who work for the police, court and health services, and he chairs Fitness to Practise panels for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Jon has a PhD in Philosophy from University College London, and an MSc in Corporate Governance from Birkbeck College London.

NAFD President, Abi Pattenden, who led the recruitment process with support from Executive Committee colleagues and Interim CEO Graham Lymn, said: “When I met Jon, I was immediately impressed by his understanding of the unique aspects of membership organisations. In his second interview, he presented to the panel about challenges facing the funeral sector generally, and the NAFD specifically, and it was apparent that he had quickly developed an understanding of, and interest in, our industry. We received a high number of good quality applicants for the role but Jon performed well throughout our rigorous process, and I am looking forward to working with him and introducing him to our members.”

Jon added: “I am really looking forward to working at NAFD. The common theme running through my professional career has been working for bodies who take very seriously the need for high standards of education, professional competence and ethics.

“When I researched the role at NAFD, I was struck by the truly impressive work that the NAFD does to support its members, and ensure the public receive high standards of service from NAFD funeral directors. I will be proud to help navigate NAFD through the challenges and opportunities ahead and ensure that members get the recognition and reputation for excellence they deserve.”

Graham Lymn will undertake a comprehensive handover to Jon and will remain available to support him for as long as he needs. Abi added: “I would like to thank Graham for his hard work over the last few months, as well as his support during the recruitment campaign. Taking on an interim role is never easy, but his commitment and enthusiasm to the NAFD has been second-to-none and we should all be very grateful to him for his valued assistance.”