Meet The Team
Patrick Gallagher was awarded his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1971 and in 1975 he became a fully qualified embalmer and member of The British Institute of Embalmers. He is a past chairman of The Independent Funeral Directors’ College and is a past national president of both The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) and The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). Sandy Gallagher is a trained bereavement counsellor and can offer advice and information as required.
Paul Bowley was born in Brighton. Growing up in Woodingdean, he attended Rudyard Kipling infants then Whitehawk Junior and Secondary schools. In 1980, Paul started work as a coffin maker with W A Stringer & Son in Kensington Gardens, and G Newman in Trafalgar Street. Paul went on to become the funeral director for Frank Davey in Hurstpierpoint, moving to Hassocks to establish Bowley Funeral Service with Pat and Sandy in 1999. Paul has served as National President for the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), and a member of the Rotary Organisation since 1987.
Sue Vickery started to work closely with us when we opened our premises in Burgess Hill in 2010. With 38 years experience in financial services working mainly for Lloyds Private Banking and A J Bell Securities, Sue is our Finance Director. She also works closely with local families arranging funerals and memorials.
Paul Harber joined us in 2021 as Senior Funeral Director based at our Haywards Heath office. Paul has many years’ experience working within the independent sector and has gained a wealth of knowledge. He is dedicated to providing excellent care to bereaved families and is proud to work with a long-established and well-respected local independent funeral director. He is looking forward to building relationships within the community and supporting local people.
Lucy Griffin joined the P & S Gallagher team in April 2018. Lucy lives in Burgess Hill and started working in the care industry in 2013, specialising in dementia care. Before joining us, she spent two years managing an office for a large funeral company in Brighton. Lucy is excited to be joining an independent family-run business and has enrolled with the IFD College to complete her qualifications over the next few years.
Ian has recently joined us having retired from the British Transport Police in 2021 after 31 years of service. During that time, he has worked all over the UK, but mainly in London and Edinburgh. As a uniformed officer throughout his service, he has always enjoyed dealing with the public and helping others when the need arises. He looks forward to being able to continue this when helping families through stressful times with funeral arranging and conducting, and the other important day to day roles within the company. Originally from Edinburgh he moved to Sussex 10 years ago and enjoys living in the local community, with all that it has to offer by way of town living and access to some of the UK’s most fantastic scenery.
Eric Williams , born in Sheffield, spent 22 years in the British Armed Forces. Eric started his career in 2011 working for an independent funeral director. He has gained a wealth of knowledge helping families at the most difficult time. Eric feels privileged to carry on his vital work with a well-respected local funeral director and he is based in Burgess Hill. He is a keen supporter of local shops and events in the community. Eric loves music, golf, motor sports and local country walks with wife Debbie and dog Stanley.
Helen King joined the P & S Gallagher team in January 2021 after previously working for local charities and managing shops in Burgess Hill and at the Princess Royal Hospital. As a trained Bowen Therapist, Helen volunteered for many years at a clinic for children with chronic health conditions. She brings compassion and empathy to her role as a funeral administrator and is looking forward to helping families in our Burgess Hill office.
Emma Newman joined the P & S Gallagher team in 2022. Emma started in the care industry, specialising in dementia care in 2019. She has always had a passion to help people and has had a keen interest for many years in the funeral industry. Emma is very excited to be part of the team and is looking forward to her future career at P & S Gallagher. Emma enjoys documentaries and has a passion for history.
Denville joined in 2021 and is responsible for the day to day running of our new funeral fleet and vehicles, and is tasked with ensuring they are always prepared in readiness to the highest level. Denville ensures nothing leaves the garage without being in tip-top condition, reflecting the highest standards we always try to achieve. Denville is also our senior hearse driver, attending funerals and supporting our funeral directors daily. He also prepares coffins within the workshops and completes many other duties surrounding his role.
Andy O'Sullivan first worked within P & S Gallagher some years ago, before leaving to follow a different part of funeral care. However, he has been welcomed back into the company and will soon complete his training and examinations with a nationally recognised college, becoming a fully qualified embalmer, fulfilling a most important and valuable role within the company. The training and qualifications within the British Institute of Embalmers are much sought after and are held within the funeral profession as a high benchmark throughout the UK that is second to none. Andrew is responsible for the care of the deceased throughout the company, ensuring the highest level of care and dignity is given to all whilst in our charge. He is also responsible for ensuring all health and safety issues are followed and the correct level of training is given to all staff dealing with the deceased, maintaining everyone’s safety.