At HAVEN Funeral Services we know the best way to help you is by listening to your needs.
Our experienced funeral directors and arrangers will work with you to create a lasting positive memory, guiding you through the funeral process. We will ensure that the service progresses smoothly and our presence is always quiet and discreet.
Area Development Manager
Steve was the fifth generation of his family to join the funeral profession straight from school and has now been a funeral director for 33 years.
As well as holding the Diploma in Funeral Directing, Steve is also a qualified embalmer and holds a Certificate in International Repatriation.
Throughout his career, Steve has specialised in Repatriation, spending many years dealing with the management of repatriations following major incidents, including the Air France Concorde accident in Paris, where Steve spent 3 months heading an International team of repatriation specialists.
Steve joined HAVEN Funeral Services in 2000 and now manages all of HAVEN Funeral Services’s branches, as well as focusing on the many community groups throughout the UK whose custom it is to have their loved ones repatriated for funerals abroad.
As a result of Steve’s experience, HAVEN Funeral Services is included on a list of specialist International Funeral Directors recommended by The Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK.
Steve is very proud to be a Past President of the London Association of Funeral Directors (1993 – 1994) and maintains an active interest in Association matters.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys cooking (and eating!) and the occasional round of fine-weather golf.
Karen has been in the funeral profession since 1983, gaining the Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1985. She served on the National Association of Funeral Directors’ (NAFD) Executive Committee for 10 years, was President of the NAFD’s London Association in 2000 – 2001 before becoming National President of the NAFD in 2001 – 2002. Karen also spent six years on the NAFD’s Professional Standards Board and was appointed Honorary Treasurer of the NAFD in 2012.
Karen has a variety of hobbies outside of work including reading, knitting, cross-stich embroidery, and driving. A local girl, as a child Karen liked nothing better than walking into Pinner with her father to look at cars in the showrooms. She first learned to drive solo on a tractor on a farm in North Devon during harvest time and progressed to her father’s rather large ‘tank’ of a car which was an Austin Westminster.
Having moved through various sizes of cars and driven large horseboxes as well, and gaining her Certificate of Advanced Driving, Karen got the opportunity a few years ago to realise a dream – to learn to drive a real F1 racing car!