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Council Members and officers


President

The Presidency is vacant following the death of the Right Honourable the Earl Grey on 10 September 2013


Vice-Presidents

Ulf Lagerström, LLM

Professor Douglas Davies, Ph.D., D.Litt., Hon. Dr. Theol, AcSS, FLSW, FBA


Council

Harvey Thomas (Chairman)
CBE, FRSA, FIPR, FCIJ

Harvey Thomas is Chairman of the Council of the Cremation Society, an International Public Relations and Project Consultant, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Journalists. He is a Director of CAMEO Ltd and Chairman of the London Cremation Company plc.

He has been a member of the Council since 1983.

Professor Hilary J. Grainger
BA(Hons), PhD, FRSA

Professor Hilary Grainger is Dean of Quality Assurance at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. A graduate of Leeds University, she taught history of art, design and architectural history for over 40 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A specialist in late nineteenth and early twentieth century English domestic architecture and design, she is a leading authority on the late Victorian architect Sir Ernest George and on the architecture of British crematoria. She has published and lectured widely in these areas both in Europe and America. Her pioneering book Death Redesigned: British Crematoria, History, Architecture and Landscape, received a joint commendation as the best reference book published in 2006 by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Her widely acclaimed monograph The Architecture of Sir Ernest George was published in 2011. She is co-author (with fellow Council members Jupp and White) of a book (to be published next year by Birlinn) on the history of cremation in Scotland, which has issued from research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. She is National Chair of the Victorian Society and a QAA Institutional Reviewer of English and Scottish Universities. She also serves on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Lichfield Cathedral.

She has been a member of the Council since 2008.

Dr Ian Dungavell
BA(Hons), MScCHE, PhD, FSA, AICCM

Dr Ian Dungavell has been Chief Executive of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust since September 2012.

For 12 years previously he was Director of the Victorian Society. He has a Masters degree in the conservation of the historic environment and a doctorate in architectural history. His first degree was in Art History from the Australian National University.

He has been a member of the Council since 2015.

Revd Dr Peter Jupp
MA(Oxon), MTh(Lond), PhD(Lond), FRSA

Dr Peter Jupp is a Minister of the United Reformed Church.

He was Chairman of the Council of the Society from 2001-09 and is a non-executive director of the London Cremation Company plc and a member of the Churches' Group on Funerals. He was formerly Director of the National Funerals College Project, a consultant to SAIF, and a Board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He has co-edited several books on death studies and published From Dust to Ashes: Cremation and the British Way of Death (Macmillan 2006). With Glennys Howarth he founded both the quarterly journal Morality and the biennial International Conference on The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal. He is co-author (with fellow Council members Grainger and White) of a book (to be published next year by Birlinn) on the history of cremation in Scotland, which has issued from research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Bristol University and is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Divinity at Edinburgh University.

He has been a member of the Council since 1997.

Colin Rickman
DipFD, BIE

Colin Rickman studied engineering at Southampton. He changed career in 1973 to train as a funeral director and embalmer with a funeral director in Poole. He joined the Co-operative Funeral Service in 1981 and has held various senior management roles, including managing crematoria, cemeteries, woodland burial grounds, hospital mortuaries and bereavement services. He is a Past President of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors and the Co-operative Funeral Service Managers Association, and a member of the London Association of Funeral Directors and a Past Governor of Lions Club International.

He has been a member of the Council since 2015.

Malcolm Stronach (Honorary Treasurer)

Malcolm Stronach studied at Newcastle University and achieved a BA in Economic Studies. He qualified with Deloittes as a chartered accountant and has held commercial accounting positions in various companies within such groups as Vickers, Unilever, Forgo AG, Rexam and Barlo. His business experience has covered a wide spectrum of functions such as finance, IT, logistics, personnel and union negotiations. At present he is the Chairman of St Cuthbert Newcastle Estates Ltd (a property investment company) and Treasurer of Northumberland Golf Club.

During his career he has been involved in the sale and disposal of companies and setting up new businesses, ensuring they had the right strategic direction, met profitability and investment return criteria, and that they generated sufficient cash to achieve those criteria.

He has been a member of the Council since 2010.

Stephen White
MSc(Wales)(Computing), Dip Crim(Cantab), BA(Oxon)(Jurisprudence)

Stephen White is a freelance lecturer, tutor and writer, a contributor to academic and professional publications. He has a keen interest in criminal, medical and canon law and cremation related matters.

His past positions include Leverhulme Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham; Research Assistant at the Modern History Facutly, Oxford University; Senior Lecturer, Cardiff Law School; Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Research Fellow, Department of Law, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra; Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Southampton. He is co-author (with fellow Council members Jupp and Grainger) of a book (to be published next year by Birlinn) on the history of cremation in Scotland, which has issued from research funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted by the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.

He has been a member of the Council since 1997.

Professor Geoffrey Woodroffe
M.A.(Cantab)

Professor Geoffrey Woodroffe is a graduate in classics and law of St John's College, Cambridge, and a solicitor. After practice with a large city firm he became Principal of the College of Law, Chester and then Director of the Centre for Consumer and Commercial Law Research, Brunel University. He has been the Funeral Ombudsman, a Director of the National Consumer Council and a consultant for the OFT, BIS and Which? He is the author of Woodroffe and Lowe's Consumer Law and Practice (9th Edition 2010) and Editor of the Encyclopedia of Consumer Law.

He has been a member of the Council since 1998.


Secretary

Miriam Deacon

Miriam Deacon was appointed Secretary of the Society in 2015.

Prior to that she had been Deputy Manager of Gwent Crematorium in Newport South Wales for 10 years, before which she had worked in banking for 25 years becoming a Business Banking Manager. While at Gwent Crematorium she served on the Executive and Technical committees of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and was President of the Federation in 2013/2014.


office staff

 

 

From Left to right:

Sue Jackson - PA to the Secretary 

Julie Forrest - Sub Editor Pharos International

Pauline Silk - Administration Assistant


History of the Cremation Society of Great Britain

 

The History of modern Cremation in Great Britain can be viewed here

 


Founders

International Cremation Federation

The Cremation Society of Great Britain is a Founder Member of the International Cremation Federation which was founded in London in 1937.

The Federation is a world-wide organisation made up of 22 countries. The aims of the Federation include the promotion and provision of information about the practice of cremation. The Society continues to play an integral role within the Federation. From 1990 to 2003 the Society provided the Federation's Secretariat. The Society's Secretary served as Secretary-General from 1990 to 2003, when he was elected Senior-Vice President. In 1996 the Federation achieved Non-Governmental Consultative status with the Economic and Social Committee of the United Nations.

For details about the work, constitution and membership of the International Cremation Federation visit its website.

Contact details:

The Secretary-General,
The International Cremation Federation,
P.O. Box 80532,
NL-2508 GN The Hague,
The Netherlands.

Tel: +31 70 351 8836
Fax: +31 70 351 8827
E-mail: keizer@facultatieve.com


Auditors

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Old Printers House,
Stone Street,
Cranbrook,
Kent TN17 3HF.


Bankers

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Cavendish Square,
London W1A 4NU.

Registered Office

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16/16a Albion Place,
Maidstone,
Kent ME14 5DZ.


Registrations

Company Registered in England Number 183397

Charity Registration Number 209978