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Meet the Team

Let us introduce you to our members of our staff

We understand that it is the people who work for a company that makes it what it is, let us introduce you to the members of our staff for whom our business is not just a profession but a vocation. Each member is dedicated to ensuring that your needs are respected and honoured. Learn more about our staff by clicking on their pictures below.

Arran Brudenell

BA(Hons), Cert F.P., Dip F.D., M.B.I.F.D

Managing Director & Funeral Director

Arran joined the firm in 2004, having previously worked for a large travel agent in Leicester. Having no funeral experience, Arran very quickly set about learning as much as he could from John and Pat, and then embarked upon completing the Diploma in Funeral Directing through the National Association of Funeral Directors. Arran completed this complex course in less than 18 months, and at the time was one of the youngest qualified funeral directors in the country.
In 2007, Arran was nominated for, and subsequently won a National Training Award for his achievements in the funeral industry in such a short time.
Arran is responsible for the day to day running of the business, and together with the other members of staff, ensures every funeral takes place in accordance with the families’ wishes.

Arran has been involved with the profession nationally in a variety of roles, including

  • A member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors
  • A Member of the Independent Funeral Directors College
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the SAIF Charter Association (The Owners of Golden Charter)
  • National President for SAIF in 2012/2013
  • Chairman of the Independents Funeral Directors College between 2013-2016

Arran is a qualified funeral director and holds the following qualifications

  • Diploma in Funeral Directing (National Association of Funeral Directors)
  • Certificate in Funeral Practice (Independent Funeral Directors College)
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management (De Montfort University)

Outside work Arran is a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and enjoys watching Formula 1 and Cricket and raising money for charity, in his year as SAIF President he managed to raise over £21,000 for The Children’s Air Ambulance


John & Pat Wright


Founders & Owners

After leaving school, John worked for one of the larger firms of funeral directors in Leicester,before becoming disillusioned by the direction the trade was heading. He then spent some 15 years with Leicester City Council. Seeking a new challenge,and with his desire to see traditional values restored to funerals,he decided to start his own business and Anstey & District was founded in 1992.
Pat is the 3rd generation in her family to have worked in the industry, as both her father and grandfather were funeral directors in the area, having owned the well-respected, C.F Talbott’s of Thurmaston (latterly A.S Talbot) a traditional firm of builders, carpenters and funeral directors.


Gareth Crane

Cert F.P.

Funeral Director

Gareth joined the team in 2006 and on a day to day basis Gareth is responsible for arranging and conducting funerals as well as ensuring our fleet of vehicles are looked after and ensures that loved ones are brought back into our care from hospitals, hospices, nursing homes as well as private residences.
He has completed his Certificate in Funeral Practice and is a qualified Funeral Director, he is also a Member of the Independent Funeral Directors College.
Outside of work Gareth is a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers and enjoys working outdoors and can often be founded with a mower or a strimmer in his hand helping out family and friends.


Kerry Holland

Memorial & Later Life Planning Administrator

Kerry joined the team in 2017 and is responsible for all of our Monumental Work, liaising with our workshop, cemeteries, Churches and families to ensure that a lasting memorial is in place on both full graves and cremation graves. As part of the administration team in the office she also looks after the ordering of floral tributes and placing of obituary notices as well as other general administration work and is often one of the first voices you hear when ringing our office.
Outside of work Kerry enjoys catching up with family and friends as well as looking after her teenage daughter.


Nick Wardle

Cert F.P., M.B.I.F.D

Funeral Director

Nick joined the team here at Anstey & District in 2012 and is responsible for looking after our fleet of vehicles ensuring that they are clean and tidy ready for each funeral. Nick also prepares all of our coffins to our family’s requirements and ensures that loved ones are brought back into our care from hospitals, hospices, nursing homes as well as private residences.
Nick is currently working towards achieving his Certificate in Funeral Practice through the Independent Funeral Directors College.
Outside of work Nick is a keen bowler and plays for Lount Bowling Club as well as at County Level for Leicestershire. Nick was part of the Leicestershire County team who won The Middleton Cup in 2018.


Rachel Shipley

Dip F.D., M.B.I.F.D


Rachel has worked alongside the team here at Anstey & District since 2014 and is our qualified embalmer. Rachel ensures that everyone we look after is prepared in a dignified and caring manner in accordance to the families wishes.
Outside of work Rachel is involved in her local church and cub group, organising activities and planning camps.


Wendy Partridge



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