In our business, in particular, it also requires a great deal of kindness, compassion and attention to detail. You’ll find these qualities in each and every member of our staff here at Hayley Owen Funeral Director. Being family run means we all share the same common values, ethos and beliefs on how things should be done. This gives us an extra sense of purpose and pride, along with a strong commitment to our families and the business.
Dave Owen-Barker Cert.FS
Dave is the managing director, accounts manager and one of the funeral directors at Hayley Owen’s. He is also an Appointed Representative of Ecclesiastical funeral plans, part of our 24-hour call-out team and a bearer and driver at funerals. Dave is very proud of both the company’s reputation and of the quality of service offered, which he believes is second to none. He constantly strives to deliver a service to families which he thinks and hopes they find of a very high standard. Dave’s other passion is Lambretta scooters. You may see him riding one of his many Lambrettas around the city as he enjoys riding up and down the country and across Europe to Lambretta rally's, or just relaxing with his dachshunds Trixie and Dexter.
Beth Harron Cert. FS
Beth is a trainee funeral director with the B.I.F.D. Beth, helps in the office, on funerals and in the mortuary. Beth wants to be a funeral director because she would like to be able to help families through one of the most difficult times in their life and try make it easier for them. She knew this was what she wanted to do from a young age because of her own experience of a family member passing away and not being treated properly. She has also grown up within the industry as her dad is a qualified embalmer with the BIE. Beth shows great potential and we look forward to helping her gain experience and knowledge within our company.
Hello, my name is Garry Vilmans, I have been a Funeral director for many years around York, I started my career path as a bearer and worked my way to becoming a Funeral Director, I have conducted 100's of funerals in the York area, each with their own unique and personal feel. At home I enjoy spending time with my wife and our twins who are 7 years old, We go on lots of walks, days out and love a movie night. A fun fact about me is that I swam lake windermere for charity a few years ago.
Angela Clarke Cert.FS
Angela works on reception answering the telephone and helping in the office, but is always happy to help out where needed. She has worked in reception and admin for most of her working life. She is active in her local parish church where she was the Pastoral Assistant for 8 years. During this time, she was encouraged and supported to conduct funeral services of faith as a lay ministry where she supported many bereaved families. It was through this work that she had a desire to work in funeral care. The opportunity arose and she went to work for a large funeral company for a brief time, before coming to work at Hayley Owen's which is independent and more personal. Angela finds it a privilege to work with, and help families during their most vulnerable time in life.
Peter is my Dad, He retired in 2011 but he joined us from the beginning in September 2014. He Works part-time for the us, as a bearer/driver.He is also willing to be called at any time to collect the deceased and generally help in any way possible. A friendly face to welcome grieving families and supporting the FD in his role. He also has a love for classic cars and can fix almost anything.
Amy is our office manager. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with an events management degree and brings a wealth of experience in administration and customer service skills. Her past work experience has been varied starting her career as a wedding planner. She is very organised and efficient. Amy is looking forward to working is a small personal company and very proud to be working for Hayley Owen Funerals. Amy is often the first point of contact when people call or pop into the office. She is always happy to assist with your needs. Out of the office, Amy always has a personal project going on whether this be children's birthday parties, friends baby showers or big birthday celebrations. She also loves walking, keeping fit and spending time with her husband and 2 children.