Local funeral director, Tapper Funeral Service has appointed Simon Spendlowe as senior manager and funeral director at its Christchurch branch.

Previously based at the company’s funeral home in Poole, Simon will now be responsible for the day to day running of the Christchurch establishment as well as organising bespoke funerals and working with Tapper’s additional branches in New Milton, Highcliffe and Milford-on-Sea.

With more than 25 years’ experience within the funeral industry, Simon aims to increase awareness of Tapper’s long-standing professional service, as well its pre-paid funeral plans and hugely popular Outlook Bereavement Support programme in the Christchurch community.

With diplomas in funeral directing and funeral service management through the National Association of Funeral Directors, Simon has extensive experience within the industry.

Commenting on his new appointment, Simon said: “I have worked for Tapper Funeral Service for more than eight years and I am excited for this new career challenge ahead. This is a great funeral home to be working at, offering excellent facilities and experience from a highly dedicated team. I’m looking forward to getting involved with more local initiatives. I am a former resident of Bargates and a keen sea kayaker who spends many happy hours, with my family, paddling in Christchurch harbour.”

Simon has a Master of Science degree, in which his academic research is the first of its kind to be carried out in the UK. He is also the past president for the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors and provides training to the core sector in bereavement.

Joint managing director at Tapper Funeral Service, Steven Tapper, added: “Simon is the perfect candidate to market our professional services. He is an enthusiastic member of the business and he will offer a wealth of experience to theChristchurchbranch.”