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.
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.