As part of an on-going strategy to develop and expand Tapper Funeral Service, the local funeral company has appointed Kirsten Rust as an assistant funeral director at its Poole branch.

With more than 13 years of experience and a diploma in funeral directing, Kirsten will continue to build on her in-depth knowledge of the funeral industry, by arranging and conducting funerals when required.

Commenting on her new role, Kirsten said: ‘‘I was attracted to the role after working within a large corporate company for a number of years, and felt it was time to move on to a local company which prioritises client care. When the opportunity came up to work for Tapper Funeral Service I knew straight away it was a company I wanted to work for due to its established reputation in the area.’’

Steven Tapper, joint managing director of Tapper Funeral Service, added: “We are pleased to welcome Kirsten to our Poole branch. Kirsten’s experience and skills bring a new dynamic to the team.

‘‘Kirsten already has an in-depth understanding of Tapper Funeral Service’s ethos and this is reflected in her role, meeting with the bereaved.′′