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. Based at our St Neots office, Scott arranges and conducts funerals managed by this branch. Although the youngest member of our team, Scott demonstrates incredible empathy for, and understanding of the needs of bereaved people. A fitness fanatic, 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.
Nick Gellatly joined Kingfisher in February 2018 and is based at our Huntingdon office, where he arranges and conducts the majority of funerals. Nick left the corporate world of a well-known supermarket in 2015 to follow his true passion of working with people, and found his niche in funeral directing very quickly. He has immediately become a valued member of staff at Kingfisher, and clients appreciate his unique warmth and sense of humour. Nick is involved in church life in the villages around St Neots and Huntingdon, and has a passion for amateur dramatics.
Claire Copson joined our team in July 2018 and works primarily at our Huntingdon office. Claire is a twin who was brought up in Stalybridge near Manchester. She has lived in Huntingdonshire for many years after she moved with her young family when her husband, who served in the RAF, was stationed at Wyton and then Brampton. Having three children means that Claire’s leisure time is spent being ‘Mum’s Taxi’ – but she enjoys craft and has recently been making soft toys as well as re-discovering her passion for calligraphy. An accomplished recorder player as a young person, she now enjoys listening to music but hopes to start learning to play the flute. Claire is an experienced funeral administrator known for her kindness and warmth towards the families we work with.
Sally Plumb also joined Kingfisher in July 2018. Sally is based at Gate Lodge in St Neots, and has always worked with the public. She was previously an officer for the homeless with the District Council, where she had a career which spanned 20 years. Sally has a busy family life and a grown-up daughter. She enjoys keeping fit and has been known to rescue and rehome several cats. Sally’s caring and compassionate nature is much appreciated by clients in her work with Kingfisher.