Our People

Philippa Smith DipFD

General Manager
Philippa has worked in the funeral profession for 35 years, gaining her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1991 and later qualifying as an embalmer in 1996. Philippa has previously been an area manager for the Co-operative Funeral Service and several Independent funeral homes. In 2006 Philippa established her freelance embalming business before joining Mears of Aylesbury as General Manager.

Lisa McDetmott DipFAA

Managing Director
As Managing Director, Lisa is the most senior member of the team and is responsible for the entire funeral business and many other departments within the Steven Mears Group. Lisa has worked with Steven for over 16 years sharing his vision and setting the high standards to which the 11 branches in South East London, East London and Buckinghamshire work.

Steven Mears DipFD

Group CEO
Steven is a third generation Funeral Director and founder of the Steven Mears Group. He oversees all aspects of the business and is passionate in his quest to offer funerals at the highest standard for a reasonable cost. Steven also has a funeral business in Cheshire, with branches in Runcorn and Warrington, that has the same ethos. His International Repatriation business, Mears Repatriation, is one of the largest in the UK.

Stella Warby

Receptionist
Stella has lived & worked in Aylesbury for the past 35 years , providing the community with her experience & knowledge in her previous reception roles. Care in the community is very important to Stella, serving our families here is paramount to her.

Alan McPherson

Funeral Conductor
Alan is our principal funeral conductor, leading our team of funeral operatives who are responsible for delivering our local funeral services. He also has responsibility for the care of our ever increasing ceremonial fleet, ensuring each vehicle is maintained to a ‘showroom’ condition.

James Huntington

In-house Funeral Celebrant
When planning a funeral ceremony with a family James prioritises sensitivity, compassion and understanding. He believes that each ceremony should be as unique and special as the person being celebrated and so will work closely with you to put together a meaningful service in accordance with your wishes and of course any wishes left by the person who has died.

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