'Seamlessly blending professionalism with the personal touch'.
Simon Welham, Managing Director
I am a banker by profession who, by some strange quirk of fate, found myself managing Welham Jones following my early retirement in 2003 and have discovered that most rewarding of all in my career change has been the opportunity to serve people at a difficult time in their lives.
Furthermore, many of the business management skills gained earlier in my career have fortunately also proven relevant and beneficial. I have long believed in community service.
I joined Rotary in 1992 and have served my club (Sevenoaks Amherst) as President, Treasurer and chair of Fundraising and Club Service.My interests, when time permits, include photography, cycling, DIY and aviation. I hold a PPL/IR.
Sandra has a lifelong connection with the funeral industry: she was born above the Westbourne Grove branch of Nodes, a London funeral director, where her father, Mac Jones, was Manager at the time. Through her father’s work as Funeral Manager for Young’s Department Store and later for Great Southern Group, Sandra learnt from an early age the importance of exemplary customer service. As a Director of Welham Jones, Sandra takes a keen interest in the business, its staff and customers.
Pam Pines, Operations Manager & Funeral Director
After losing family members very close together, I applied for, and got, a job as funeral arranger. A year later I trained as a Funeral Director and continued in this role for 10 years. For the past 7 years, I have been working in a logistics and mortuary role whilst continuing to cover as Funeral Director. Having spent 17 years in the industry I joined Welham Jones about 2 years ago and still enjoy coming to work. This feels like “Home” and I could not imagine doing anything else.
When not at work, my hobbies include travel, motorcycling and reading. Most of my spare time is taken up with excursions and adventures with my Grandchildren.
Paul Hergest, Funeral Director
I have been working in the funeral business for nearly 10 years following a nursing career spanning 27 years.
Funerals are very much a family affair. As well as working with the Welham Jones family I have a brother, sister-in-law and a partner all employed within the industry. I consider myself very fortunate to have enjoyed my working life so far.
My interests include eating out, going to the cinema, listening to music and spending time with my grandchildren. I would love to see more of the world.
Jane Bowyer, Assistant Funeral Director, Sevenoaks
With four years at Welham Jones I am still relatively new to the funeral business. Previously I spent four years raising money for Great Ormond Street Children's hospital.
To arrange a funeral the families say is everything they had hoped for, is a great privilege. I shall continue to learn and develop with help from my experienced and dedicated colleagues.
Nicky Rose, Assistant Funeral Director, Sevenoaks
Prior to joining the funeral profession, I spent 25 years working for Barclays Bank in the City within the corporate sector. During that time, I also worked as counter Manager in the Sevenoaks branch before moving back to London and corporate banking. After taking voluntary redundancy, I decided to look for a local job, one where I could meet and help people.
I’m married and live in Sevenoaks and in my spare time, I enjoy cooking and entertaining.
Martin Anning, Assistant Funeral Director, Chislehurst
I have worked at Welham Jones' Chislehurst office since 2004 and during this time have built up a good relationship with local clergy and several nursing homes, and am well known in the local community.
I am in a civil partnership and live very close to the office, during which time I have arranged funerals for local people of all ages and faiths, and in many different and sometimes sad circumstances.
The families I serve are always encouraged to keep in touch [with me] following the funeral, and many find it is a comfort. My Cruse [bereavement] training helps me offer advice and support to the grieving and the bereaved through what is a very difficult time in their lives.
Annie Edmondson, Mobile Funeral Arranger
I am relatively new to funeral industry having chosen to work for Welham Jones following the kindness and professionalism they showed my family and I at my father’s funeral 9 years ago, something I will never forget.
It is heart-warming to see such a continuation in the staff and I love the fact that Welham Jones is a family run independent business. The service we provide is always on a more personalised level and not just run of the mill. I meet people in their deepest moments of grief and shock and feel its part of my job to show them that the funeral of their loved one can be viewed as a celebration of life. With good listening skills and the ability to interpret requirements I help people plan an uplifting, life celebrating ceremony and, along the way, this usually involves plenty of reminiscing and some smiles.
I enjoy travel, art, architecture and history and have BA Hons in Fine Art, which I did as a mature student. I enjoy cinema, theatre and live music and my scruffy black mongrel. I am blessed with 12 nieces and nephews and have 5 great nieces and nephews with 4 more expected!
Georgina Grantham, Funeral Director, Borough Green
I am a funeral arranger at the Borough Green branch, having worked for Welham Jones for 5 years. I previously worked in administrative roles at GlaxoSmithKline and Lafarge Cement, but once my children were older, I wanted a job where I felt I could make a difference.
At Welham Jones I have that and with their support I have gained the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing.
When not at work, I enjoy socialising with family and friends as well as going to the gym and the theatre.
Michelle Debenham, Assistant Funeral Director, Chelsfield
I joined Welham Jones in October 2011 having experienced the loss of loved ones because I wanted to help families going through the most traumatic and sad times of their lives.
I have been the funeral arranger at our Chelsfield branch since February 2012 and in September 2014 I attained the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration.
Using the knowledge gained, and my experience in arranging funerals, I can provide advice to families so they can say goodbye to their loved one in their own personal way. And I endeavour to make sure their wishes are carried out.
I have built up a very good relationship with the local clergy and nursing homes as I have lived locally since childhood, and I am known within the community through my involvement with the local Amateur Dramatic Society.
I am married with two grown up daughters with whom I enjoy going to the theatre as well as socialising with family and friends.
Sarah Spence, Assistant Funeral Director, Swanley
I moved to Swanley in 2007 after my husband left the Parachute Regiment and I spent 3 years at home with my children before getting a job in the funeral directing industry in 2010 because it feels rewarding to help families at one of the most difficult times in their life. They can only do this once and it needs to be done right. Every family I meet is different and I think it’s important to try and help them personalise a service fitting for their loved one.
With Welham Jones’ support I have passed the NAFD Diploma in Funeral arranging and am presently studying for the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing. As a member of the local community I have good relations with local church ministers and businesses.
Most of my spare time is spent with my family and friends and we have a busy and active life. My husband builds and flies model aeroplanes so we attend many events associated with his hobby throughout the summer, heading off for the weekend with our caravan. I also have two giant French lop rabbits.
Susan Haydon, Assistant Funeral Director, Tunbridge Wells
I only started work here [for Welham Jones] in November 2016 but I know I absolutely made the right choice to start this most rewarding career. After 40 years of working in retail and the financial industry, I was looking for a role where I could ‘make a difference’. Like some of my colleagues I had cause to use Welham Jones for two family funerals. After the empathy shown and the care and consideration we received I realised that being an Assistant Funeral Director was something that would fulfil this wish. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to help families through one of the hardest times they will encounter in their lives, and to arrange what some have termed ‘the perfect send off’ for their family member.
I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family. At present my latest challenge is learning to play golf.
Barry Scott - Chauffeur Bearer/Mortuary Attendant
I have been working at Welham Jones for over 10 years as a chauffeur/bearer and mortuary attendant. Prior to this, I worked in a bakery and was a former Mobile DJ. Now married with three children, this takes up most of my time, but I enjoy cycling when I can and I am still a keen music collector.
Nick Markwell, Chauffeur Bearer/Mortuary Attendant
I have been at Welham Jones for nearly 2 years, where I work as a chauffeur/bearer and mortuary attendant. With other jobs in between, including care work and bar work and extensive travel in Australia & New Zealand, I have almost 20 years’ experience in the Funeral Industry. I am married with four children and love spending time with my family at home and on days out, as well as meeting up with friends.
Chris Moore, Chauffeur Bearer
Having worked at Welham Jones for over 2 years as a chauffeur/bearer, I also respond to out-of-hours calls. Previous jobs include HGV driving, however, I feel that I have found my niche within the funeral industry and the work that I do and look forward to progressing my career further. In my personal life, I am a foster carer and enjoy weight training.