Andrew Hickson established Kingfisher Funerals in 2010 because he saw a need for a truly independent funeral directing business in St Neots and Huntingdon. Andrew believes very much in being ‘hands-on’ and will often be seen in the offices, answering the phone, arranging and conducting funerals. A dog lover, Andrew introduced Roxie the Labrador to Kingfisher, and now welcomes dogs to visit the premises whenever their owners consider it suitable. Andrew’s other passion is travel, and he is slowly ticking off the list of countries he intends to visit, although the list gets ever longer as well.
Scott Hardiman joined Kingfisher in May 2013 and now manages the day-to-day operation of the company. He is responsible for ensuring that all the elements of each funeral come together at the right time and in the right place. Scott is based at our St Neots office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also runs his own Personal Wellbeing business. Although the youngest member of our team, Scott demonstrates incredible empathy for, and understanding of the needs of bereaved people. Scott has recently become a father, so is getting used to sleepless nights and early starts.
Nicki Hallett has worked with Kingfisher since 2014, having been introduced to their unique and refreshing approach to funerals during her training as a Civil Funeral Celebrant. Nicki worked for many years as a qualified specialist nurse caring for patients and their families who were accessing End of Life Care services, and was passionate about ensuring individuality, dignity and respect for each person in her care – an ethos Nicki now continues in the bespoke ceremonies she creates with families, for their loved ones. Nicki is a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals and works across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Bedfordshire in a freelance capacity. Nicki enjoys entertaining family and friends, baking and gardening – where her two free range hens are never far from her side.
Lorraine Inglis is a self-employed funeral celebrant who joined the team at Kingfisher in March 2017, having spent the last 20 years as a registered nurse working in New Zealand and the UK. She has been privileged to care for some amazing people over the years who she says have taught her a great deal about human courage and strength. This knowledge and life experience underpins everything she has to offer as a funeral celebrant, and she brings true empathy and compassion to her role. Lorraine spends her spare time with her family and 2 rescue collies with whom she enjoys walking the Great British countryside and coastal paths.
Philip Reynolds is based at Gate Lodge in St Neots, and arranges and conducts funerals managed by this office. A life-long St Neots resident, Philip is well-known in the town. He worked as a funeral director in Cambridge for 12 years before returning to his home town and joining Kingfisher in February 2015. Philip brings a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to the company, and is much appreciated by the clients he works with. His hands are kept full by his two young daughters, and when he gets a moment to himself Phil enjoys playing pool at the local snooker club.
Claire Copson joined our team in July 2018 and works primarily at our Huntingdon office. Claire was brought up in Stalybridge near Manchester, but has lived in Huntingdonshire for many years. Having three girls means that Claire’s leisure time is spent running around after them – and she has recently become a football mum who watches her youngest daughter play most Saturdays. Claire loves spending time with her family and enjoys cinema trips and dining out. Claire is an experienced funeral administrator known for her kindness and warmth towards the families we work with.
Carol Goodwin arranges and conducts funerals managed by both our St Neots and Huntingdon branches. Carol worked as a funeral director in St Ives and Cambridge before joining Kingfisher in May 2019. Originally from the north of England, Carol has lived in St Ives for many years, and is a well-known member of the community. Her 8 children have kept her busy, and she now spends her spare time running marathons and holidaying in exotic locations. Carol is also known for her eclectic taste in (numerous) shoes which brighten up the offices.