Company Director. Dip FD, MBA, MBIFD
Anne joined the funeral profession at the age of 16 and had to wait until her 18th birthday before she could receive her Diploma in Funeral Directing. She was a founding Funeral Director of Rosedale and is now one of the most highly qualified funeral directors in the country. Alongside her role as Director of Rosedale, Anne is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Mental Health First Aid England, trains potential funeral directors for the National Association of Funeral Director’s Diploma in Funeral Directing and has also been a VQ Assessor and lecturer for the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services at Bath University. Rosedale is a family business, but we do rely on our staff to uphold our family values and that is why we have such an emphasis on training and staff development and why Anne takes such pride in encouraging everyone on the team to continually grow and develop and realise their full potential.
Anne is passionate about supporting bereaved children and is a trustee of local children’s bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey. There is a natural cross over between this role and the bereavement resources that we are able to provide at Rosedale, that include reading lists for children of all ages, memory bears and work books to help families talk about their grief.
Anne and her husband Simon have three children, Harriet, Thomas and Victoria Rose. Anne was born and bred in Diss and now lives in Scole with the two youngest children, their dog, ponies, chickens and cats. With two teenagers in the house spare time is rare, but Anne is an active member of the Diss Business Forum and enjoys running and cycling endurance events and long distance open water swimming. Her idea of a perfect day would be a picnic at the top of the Langdale Pikes, a swim in the tarn on the way down and a hearty meal with the whole family back at the bottom.
The things that Anne enjoys most about her job is reading the questionnaires that bereaved families send back after the funeral. Although we have won many awards, for our environmental ethos, for customer service and for our corporate and social responsibility, it is knowing that we have helped someone who is bereaved that really drives her. Empowering and supporting people to organise the funeral that they would have wished to have, and that we have done it sensitively and professionally is what makes everything worthwhile.