The NAFD CEO Mandie Lavin is ‘no longer employed by the association’, according to a letter sent to members on Saturday (25 Nov).
In a range of previous roles across pharmacy, accountancy and the law, Ms Lavin held responsibility for education, regulation, standards and ethics.
The current president, Alison Crake has stepped in to oversee the running of the association for the time being.
Louise Winter, a funeral director and member of the Good Funeral Guild has written an open letter to the NAFD addressing points of concern.
It states: “In light of the sudden change in leadership at the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) which was announced [today], and as the leading trade association representing the funeral profession in the UK, there are a few considerations I’d like you to make when debating the future of your organisation and appointing your next CEO.
“Funerals are important. A good funeral can be profound and transformational in helping to acknowledge and accept that someone has died. As the homepage of your website points out, ‘funerals matter’.”
To see the full statement click here.
Funeral Service Times has approached the NAFD for comment.