Worthing’s Oldest Exsisting Funeral Family Since 1901

Our Staff

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Ian Hart

Funeral Director
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Sam Hart

Funeral Director
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Lee Bird

Funeral Operative

Ian started in the funeral trade in 1987 at Dillistones and arranging his first funeral only 9 weeks after he joined. From there he made the move down Carnegie road and joined HD Tribe before leaving to set up on his own in March 2004. Away from work he is a Brighton season ticket holder, Broadwater Cricket Club chairman, a member of Hill Barn Golf Club and enjoys taking his Border Terrier Roxy for long walks in the countryside.

Sam started at the family business part time in the summer after he completed his GCSE’s before going to college and joining the firm full time in 2013. He has recently moved into the office and is learning the trade of funeral directing from his father. Away from work Sam is a Brighton season ticket holder and loves cricket.

Lee joined the company back in 2012 and has enjoyed his role as a funeral operative ever since. A jack of all trades he has quickly become the IHFS handy man; always required to fix electrics or give a wall a lick of paint. When he isn’t at work you’ll find him at Ham Manor golf club where he is a member as well as in the local snooker hall having a few frames.

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Lorraine Austin

Receptionist
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Workshop Foreman

Funeral Director
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Tim Hughes

Funeral Director

Lorraine has been working part time for the company for 2 years working on reception and being in charge of donations. When not at work she enjoys walking her dog Barney and spending time with family and friends.

Richard is our foreman and has been with the company for 10 years. He has over 17 years’ experience in the funeral trade and has worked all around Sussex. Away from work he enjoys family time and is a self-confessed petrol head, his knowledge on cars is second to none!

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Margaret Hughes

Receptionist
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Chris Cook

Funeral Operative
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Dave Northeast

Funeral Operative

Margaret started her working career in insurance before joining the firm in 2011. She is an extremely good administrator and the heartbeat of the company. Away from work she enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, cooking and eating chocolate!

Sam started at the family business part time in the summer after he completed his GCSE’s before going to college and joining the firm full time in 2013. He has recently moved into the office and is learning the trade of funeral directing from his father. Away from work Sam is a Brighton season ticket holder and loves cricket.

Dave has been with us since 2017, previously working as a HGV driver. When not in the office he enjoys road trips across the USA, listening to music and riding his bike.

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Alison Azarro

Funeral Administrator
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Claire Westlake

Media Manager

Ali started working at IHFS in July 2016 and is the key member in our pre-payment plans. She has quite the life experience, previously working as an air hostess and for another funeral directors in Sussex. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her family and socialising.

Claire joined in 2013 as a Funeral Arranger but loves getting creative so has taken on the role of Media Manager, looking after orders of service, slideshows etc. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family and friends, making craft gifts, reading, music and the occasional glass of wine. Life motto ‘better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if’.