Neville Funerals has promoted Karl Montford, one of the longest serving members of staff at the firm, to branch manager at its Bedford site.
Montford has been at the firm for over 40 years, and he first started as a Saturday boy, working on general admin jobs and cleaning the cars and then began in a permanent role at the firm after leaving school.
He has worked his way up through the business, from driver bearer to funeral arranger to funeral director, and then on to assistant branch manager at Bedford.
Montford is reportedly the firm’s qualified expert on repatriation, liaising with airlines on the compassionate transportation of loved ones back to the UK.
Vicky Trumper, director, said: “Karl is so well respected locally and within the business that it was simply the most straightforward recruitment decision I think we have ever had! He has been at Neville’s longer than nearly anyone else, including me, and has such a wealth of knowledge that he is the natural ‘go to’ person for any questions or queries.”
Montford added: “Throughout my career I have not thought about moving anywhere else as it’s just been such a pleasure to work at Neville’s. The business shows a great deal of loyalty to the team and always offers opportunities to train and develop and move forward. It’s just a second family for me really.
“My aim now is to become the best branch manager that the Neville’s have ever invested in and take the opportunity to pass on my experience and my knowledge to the next generation following on.”