Torbay Cemetery and Crematorium has appointed Stephen Ainsworth as its new site manager, marking his first role in the industry.
Ainsworth has a varied career journey from bricklaying to developing and opening a tourist attraction and franchised car dealership and petrol station called The Mansell Collection, with the 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell.
After qualifying as a bricklayer in the 1990s, he joined a family construction company before a career change, which saw him work as an insurance agent and district inspector.
In 1999, he began a 23-year career in the motor industry, and he worked his way up in the business, from a sales executive to head of business.
Going forward, Ainsworth said he is determined to ensure that the crematorium will engage with the community and many local projects and charities.
Ainsworth said: “To be involved with such a personal time in the lives of local families, and supporting them on the day, is immensely satisfying, which is something I have craved throughout my professional life.
“Family and friends were slightly surprised when I initially told them. However, when I explained my motivations, the caring and compassionate element of my role and the difference I can make to the local community, they understood my desire to join Westerleigh Group.”
He added: “It’s a privilege to be able to support local families, ensuring that they can say goodbye to their loved ones in a uniquely personal way.
“I’ve always liked variety in what I do and look forward to embracing this again in my current role which will see me managing all aspects of our extensive site at Torbay which includes a crematorium and various cemeteries and churchyards.”