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Who we are

Green Fuse Funeral Training has a very highly qualified and diverse team of trainers to cover every aspect of
funerals and unrivalled experience of how funerals and the expectations of the public continue to change.
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Green Fuse Founders

Jane Morrell and Simon Smith

Jane and Simon founded Green Fuse in 1999 with a vision to align funerals with changing social trends and attitudes towards death.

They have built their successful and innovative funeral directing business, Heart & Soul Funerals. Green Fuse has been described by Robert Lodge of Lodge Brothers as “the leaders in contemporary funerals”. In 2006 they wrote the acclaimed book 'We Need To Talk About The Funeral – 101 Practical Ways To Commemorate and Celebrate A Life'.

In 2007 Jane and Simon began training funeral celebrants and directors and have now trained over 800 people across the UK and abroad. Simon wrote and facilitated training programmes in leadership and management between 1997 and 2005 for Parcelforce, the NHS and others.

They both hold Psychotherapy Diploma. Jane trained in nursing and horticulture, and in ceremony and ritual with Welfare State International. Simon holds the Foundation Degree In Funeral Services from Bath University.

Jane and Simon were jointly awarded Funeral Directors of the year by The Good Funeral Guide 2012.

Basira Ward

Basira (aka Angela Ward) is a full course trainer on the Funeral Celebrant Diploma and is a Course Development Director. Basira is an experienced funeral celebrant who trained with Green Fuse in 2008 and also now owns and runs a successful funeral directing company. She has a background in music, singing, teaching and comparative religion.

Stephen Nimmo

Stephen holds the Degree in Funeral Services from Bath University.

He is a tutor on our Funeral Director training courses.

Steve has worked in the funeral sector since 1997 and in 2000 joined a family firm undertaking in the region of 1500 funerals per year and was personally responsible for around 250 per year with responsibilities for staffing and fleet.

In 2002 Steve joined the Kenyon Emergency Services team, and has been involved in emergency and mass fatality responses in the UK and abroad. In 2003 he became involved in overseeing the ceremonial repatriation of British War Dead to the UK from Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Ministry Of Defence Medal For Repatriation in 2008.

In 2010 Steve created Chester Pearce Associates Limited, a funeral directing company which also provides a range of bereavement services and training. He has built the company to around 300 funerals a year and two branches.

Angie McLachlan

MA (Distinction) in Religion: The Rhetoric and Rituals of Death,
BA (Hons) in Death Loss and Palliative Care

Angie runs our Care and Management of The Body course.

Having worked with and around death for the last 24 years, Angie holds an informed and unique perspective on mortality, death and caring for the dead. She has undertaken most of the practical tasks relating to funerals, including as a premises inspector for a Funeral Trade Organisation. She is a member of the British Institute of Embalmers, the European Association of Embalmers and is a member of Dying Matters Coalition. Angie started her PhD in September 2012 and received an ‘Academic Excellence Award’. Angie is also an ordained priest in The Liberal Catholic Church International. Angie now concentrates on practical tutoring with her Death Dummy Ichabod Smith. She was pleased that her unique work has been recognised, as in 2015, she was honoured to be among the 5 finalists in the Good Funeral Award category: ‘Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death.’

Pauline Hyde-Coomber

Before training with Green Fuse and becoming a full-time funeral celebrant I trained in Person Centred Counselling in the 1990’s and have previously worked in Social Care and Health Services for more than 14 years. I remain a volunteer with a national charity which offers help to people at extremely difficult times in their lives.
Throughout my life I have greatly valued the time I have spent with people who were having to confront challenges and difficulties in their lives, often afraid or distressed. I see my role as a Funeral Celebrant as an extension of my ability to assist others in times of stress and emotional confusion.

My role as a funeral celebrant is to work closely with families and individuals to create together a unique and memorable service which deepens everyone’s understanding of and connection to the person who has died. I value the importance of saying our last farewell in a fitting and beautiful ceremony which respects the wishes and beliefs of the person who has died, with love and gratitude, celebrating and giving thanks for the life that has ended, and providing a source of healing and comfort to those who are grieving.
I joined the training team in 2018 and enjoy supporting the students through the course.

Pete Joscelyne

Actor, Pete Joscelyne adds the presentation skill and presence elements to the Funeral Celebrant Diploma training. His workshop is very insightful and makes a major impact on the presentation side of this work.
Green Fuse Training centre
Riverstone, 18 Dart Mills, 
Totnes Road,
 Buckfastleigh 
TQ11 0NF
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