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Zac Hannis DipFAA
General Manager & Funeral Director
Zac has worked for Beckfords since 2015. He has a diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration, a qualification run by the National Association of Funeral Directors. Zac excels in this role showing an organised and professional approach combining competence, care and compassion. He is passionate about his work and is a valued member of the Beckfords team. He enjoys a challenge and embraces new ideas.
Funeral Planning & Office Administrator
Paula previously worked in the finance industry for 20 years before joining Beckfords in 2014. Paula gets involved with many aspects of Beckfords work including the arrangement of funerals and funeral plans. She has a very compassionate, caring nature, offering a sympathetic approach, which is apparent as the first point of contact in her capacity as telephonist and receptionist. Her duties also include support, administration, and accounts which she handles with care and efficiency.
Funeral Planning & Memorials Coordinator
Nadia has a background in Health and Social Care and having worked in both Residential Care and Extra Care Housing she has all of the qualities that are so important in this role; she is caring, compassionate, efficient and genuinely interested in helping people. She joined Beckfords in 2021 as a Funeral Planning and Memorials Coordinator and her main focus is to assist the bereaved to organise headstones, cremation memorials and keepsakes, as well as assisting people plan ahead for their own funeral.
Hearse Driver & Pall Bearer
Dave joined Beckfords in early 2015 as a Pall Bearer. In 2016 he became driver for our Mercedes 250D hearse. He is a fully qualified mechanic and worked for the St John’s Ambulance Station for many years as an Ambulance Mechanic. He is a competent, caring person.
Jane is the daughter of Patron Clem Duquemin. Having worked many years in finance and then raising her three children, in 2001 she took a more active role within Beckfords as Managing Director and Funeral Director. Jane feels that being able to help a family through a difficult time makes her role a most rewarding one and says, “Death is a natural part of the life cycle and it is a privilege being able to offer a sensitive, sympathetic and above all professional service for people in a time of need.” Jane retired from the day to day running of the business in 2021 but remains involved as a non-executive director with a continuing very active interest in Beckfords.
Philip Duquemin FCA
Philip is the son of Patron Clem Duquemin and is a chartered accountant by profession. He worked for KPMG in Guernsey and South Africa. He joined Nashua International (later to become NRG) in Guernsey where he was regional financial director for the international subsidiary operations before becoming managing director of NRG International in 1995 and later board member of Gestetner Holdings PLC. Philip now provides consultancy services as well as being chairman of a few local companies including Resolution IT Ltd an IT services company.
Jackie worked as a PA in Guernsey and South Africa. She is the daughter-in-law of Clem and started helping him with office administration at Beckfords when her children were young. Eventually taking a more active role in the firm as a funeral director, she enjoyed many years being part of the day to day running of the firm which she found very fulfilling. Jackie remains involved as a non-executive director helping with projects involving the business particularly in planning and marketing and assisted in the development and build of the state-of-the-art premises and garden in 2011.
Clem is the Patron of Beckfords and started his training with S.A. Pedley Funeral Directors in West Yorkshire whilst an evacuee during the war. He has a lifetime experience within the field of funeral directing. After the War, Clem returned from Yorkshire and continued funeral directing within the Island alongside his carpentry business. He also held the position of Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 36 years. In 1983, Clem’s company merged with Beckfords on the retirement of Mrs Bertha Way, the then owner. Although retired from funeral directing, Clem is still actively interested in Beckfords and his advice and experience is both valued and respected.