'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.
Rebecca Welham, Business Development Manager & Funeral Director
I joined Welham Jones back in November 2010 and haven't looked back. I previously worked in email marketing and design in London and gained a BA (Hons) in Design Management after leaving school. I have been fortunate enough to bring these skills with me and I am able to design and help promote Welham Jones both online and print, along with supporting community activities. Since being at Welham Jones I have gained a Foundation Degree in Funeral Science from the University of Bath which has helped me with my role as Funeral Director and gain a far better understanding of the industry as a whole.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my daughter and my dog (you may see him from time to time in the branches!). For me, my family is my world and I love spending time with her and doing activities together from cooking, walking, days out etc.
Pam Pines, Operations Manager
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, Chislehurst
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.
Melanie Hales, Assistant Funeral Director, Chelsfield
Prior to joining Welham Jones, I worked as an EA/PA in the City for over 30 years. After redundancy in 2017 and taking some time-out, I knew that I wanted to work locally, in a role where I could hopefully make a positive difference to people. A friend told me that Welham Jones were looking for a Funeral Arranger at their Chelsfield and Orpington branch, and I knew instantly that this was the vocation I was looking for.
I have only been here for a few months, but already know that this is where I want to be, and this is exactly what I want to be doing. I know I have a lot to learn, but as long as I can make what is arguably the worst time in most peoples lives a little more bearable and less daunting, then I consider myself to be very fortunate.
Sam O'Flynn, Assistant Funeral Director, Tunbridge Wells
Prior to becoming a Funeral Arranger I was a gym manager for 10 years followed by bar manager for a local catering company. Each job I’ve had has been in total different industries yet have the same principle about them, which is being involved with customers first hand & providing a service. I love to socialise, meet new people, experience different lives & cultures and most of all help others in any situation.
So for me working at Welham Jones in Tunbridge Wells is right up my street. I get to work alongside a great team, meet lots of different people, experience lots of different types of faiths & cultures and above all help families at a difficult time in their lives.
In my spare time, as well as participating in a few charity events throughout the year, I love most sport, reading, catching up with amazing friends & spending precious time with my large family & 3 gorgeous boys.
Rosanna Hayward, Assistant Funeral Director, Tonbridge
Lisa Martin, Assistant Funeral Director, Mobile
I have worked with Welham Jones since November 2016 and moved to the Tonbridge branch when it opened in September 2017. I gained a BD in Theology at King’s College, University of London and a PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London and for the first 28 years of my working life I taught in secondary schools in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.
I am a Reader in my local church and as such have built up good relationships with local clergy and churches. I am also licensed by the Bishop of Rochester to conduct funeral services.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 daughters, Latin in-line dancing, cooking, socialising with friends and holidays in Spain.
Late in 2020 I decided to semi-retire and now cover holidays and sickness.
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.
I still enjoy cycling when I can and I am a keen music collector.
John Wells, Chauffeur Bearer/Mortuary Attendant