Funeral Celebrancy Category
Dr Hannah Rumble
Senior Research Associate at Bristol University
Hannah is a social anthropologist specialising in death, dying and disposal. Her research background has included aspects of contemporary and historical cultural innovations in death and reality. In particular Hannah has a real interest in natural burial, which she has researched. She is a Senior Research Associate with the School of Education, University of Bristol, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath and a Centre Associate at the Centre for Death and Life Studies at the University of Durham. Hannah also sits on the Editorial Board of Mortality (Promoting the interdisciplinary study of death and dying).
SAIF National President of SAIF, Company Secretary of BIFD and CEO of FFMA
Alun Tucker has had a 40-year distinguished career in the funeral industry, starting at the age of 14 within his own family’s business. Although technically ‘retired’ Alun is busier than ever holding key positions in the industry. His management career has seen him has worked in all parts of the sector. He was Managing Director of H L Hawes & Son Ltd in Ilford, Essex from 1996 until his early retirement in August 2016.
Superintendent at Mortlake Crematorium and ICCM Past President and Board Member
Natasha is the Superintendent at Mortlake Crematorium in Kew and is on the board of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, of which she is also a Past President. Natasha has observed hundreds of celebrant led funerals and keenly observed the growth in celebrant- led funerals. She is delighted to be judging the funeral celebrancy category of the awards.
Family and Couple Category
Professor Probert was the Specialist Advisor on the most recent review of marriage law in this country ‘Getting Married; A Scoping Paper’, undertaken by the Law Commission and published in December 2015. Rebecca has a deep interest in the reform of marriage law and current trends in all aspects of marriage. She is keen to research the growing trend in celebrancy in the UK and we are delighted that she has agreed to be a judge for the Couples and Family category for the awards. Rebecca has appeared widely on television and radio, discussing both the history of marriage law and current controversies.
Heading up highly successful and award-winning wedding and event planners RandFWeddings, Vanessa specialises in creating exceptional, bespoke weddings. Vanessa’s recent achievements include winning the 2017 4CWA industry award for Wedding Planning & Production, covering Cambs, Beds, Bucks and Herts plus appearing on BBC Breakfast radio discussing the Royal wedding. Vanessa specialises in outdoor weddings and RandFWeddings are proud members of the NAWP, promoting professionalism and integrity within the industry. RandFweddings also supports The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation which organises weddings for those with life limiting conditions or terminal illnesses.