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About Us

    About Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors

    Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors was established more than 100 years ago to serve families in Coventry and Warwickshire. Our founder, Henry Ison, started his working life as a wheelwright before moving into the funeral business at the turn of the 20th century.

    Today we’re still based on Binley Road in Coventry where Henry first started. We opened a second funeral home on Allesley Old Road in Chapelfields and now have local funeral homes in Daventry Road, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa to support communities throughout Warwickshire.

    The teams at our Coventry, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa funeral homes will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. We have our own on-site service venue.

    Here at Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Meet the Team

    Ian Sommerville

    Area Development Manager

    After leaving school Ian enlisted in the Royal Marines and served in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War and Kurdistan. After 14 years’ service he moved to the IT industry as a Product Manager, overseeing development, support, sales, implementation, and Account management. He then became the North American Sales Manager for a company designing and selling high-end architectural ironmongery helping to secure and implement several high-profile contracts.
    After moving back to the Midlands in 2012 Ian began his career in the funeral industry. In 2018 he became the Area Manager for Coventry & Solihull, overseeing both Thomas Bragg & Sons and Henry Isons & Sons Funeral Directors.
    He has 3 children and enjoys sport, music, reading and socialising with friends and family.

    Darren Naylor

    Senior Funeral Director

    Darren was born in Coventry. After leaving school at 16 Darren went on to become a Roof Tiler, where he carried out work for the government and Armed Forces. His profession then led him to work with a local Construction company for 24 years as a Contracts Manager, carrying out work for Coventry City Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

    In 2011 Darren went to work at Asda Stores where he successfully ran 3 different departments, until January 2017 where an opportunity arose for him to join the successful team at Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors.
    Darren enjoys spending time with family; country walks with his dog, watching Speedway and football.

    Chris Clark

    Funeral Director

    Chris was born in Coventry in 1991. After leaving school at 16, Chris began working as an administrator for a national funeral company and later went on to become a funeral service operative serving branches within Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, and Birmingham.

    During this period, he learnt how to arrange funerals and assisted with diary coordination. By the age of 24, he went on to become a funeral director being based in Shirley and went on to serve families across the Midlands region.

    Having joined Funeral Partners in 2017, he went on to become a funeral arranger & administrator for Thomas Bragg & Sons in Shirley and served many families within the Solihull & Birmingham districts.

    As from April 2020, he is now a funeral director for Henry Ison & Sons.

    In his spare time, Chris enjoys breaks away with his partner, travelling, running and spending time with family and friends.

    Trisha Green

    Funeral Arranger – Binley Road

    Trish Green started working for Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors in August 2016, now based in the Cheylesmore branch on Daventry Rd, she feels she has finally found her niche in funeral arranging. She displays deep passion & empathy for her work & looks after families with compassion & care. Trish also has great links within the local community, working closely also with a local charity who supports children with cancer & their families. Before joining the team at Henry Ison’s Trish worked as a dispenser in a pharmacy & has also worked as a welfare advisor for The Coventry Irish Society. Coming from a large Irish family Trish enjoys nothing more than family gatherings & socialising with friends, she also enjoys holidays abroad.

    Kim Skerrett

    Funeral Arranger – Allesley Old Road

    Born in Coventry Kim moved to Cheltenham in 1982 and started her career in the licensing trade when her parents started running a public house , she progressed to manager with Whitbread and went on the relief circuit managing pubs all over the south west eventually taking over a pub in Devon. Kim came back to Coventry in 2002 working as assistant manager at a pub in the City.

    In 2010 Kim changed direction into the retail trade and started working for Asda as their Community Champion. This saw her building links up with local charities and schools, her hard work and commitment to her role was recognised in 2014 when she was nominated to be an ASDA ambassador and represented the UK in America. Kim joined us in March 2016 as a Funeral Arranger and continues to build links within our local community, she attends The Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind every week as a volunteer and is currently learning British Sign Language which she feels will be a valuable asset and may help to communicate more professionally with a wider range of families that choose to arrange their loved ones funerals with us.

    Paul Atkinson

    Funeral Arranger – Daventry Road

    Paul is Coventry born and bred, he previously worked as a Primary School Teaching Assistant studying at the Open University, before joining Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors in February 2018.
    Paul particularly enjoys being part of the Air Training Corps as an instructor teaching youth aviation and history of the Royal Air Force. Paul loves being with people and enjoy spending time with his family mainly his dog Patch taking him on long walks. Paul enjoys watching and playing rugby and is an avid Welsh fan.

    Debbie Harris

    Funeral Arranger - Kenilworth

    Debbie was born and raised in Coventry. After leaving school, she began her working life as a secretary at Massey Ferguson and later went on to start a family. She went on to raise four children as a housewife.

    As her children grew up, she returned to education to study Beauty and Holistic therapy at Mid Warwickshire College and following success, went on to run her own business as a beauty therapist.

    After 15 years working in this background, she changed career path and began working in the funeral service industry.
    She gained extensive experience working at a local funeral directors in Coventry and later went on to work for the local crematorium.

    Outside of her working life, Debbie enjoys walking, swimming, going on family holidays and socialising with friends and family.

    Lindsey Phipps


    I qualified as an Embalmer in 2010 after studying for 2 years, I have been in the Funeral profession for 20 years and cannot think of doing anything else. I have been with Henry Ison & Sons  for 3 years. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, going to music concerts and spending time with my family.

    Dean Chisholm

    Funeral Service Operative

    Born in Coventry, Dean worked in the car industry until he took early retirement and has been working for Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors ever since. He enjoys cycling and photography in his spare time. Dean is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

    Peter Barrett

    Funeral Service Operative

    Peter joined Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors in 2021 as a Funeral Service Operative after working for 18 years as a Funeral Director and Senior Funeral Service Operative.

    He says ” I am looking forward to my new role and making a difference for our families.”

    In his spare time he helps with re-homing retired greyhounds.

    Jemma Seddon

    Funeral Service Operative

    Jemma was born in Nuneaton in 1988. After leaving school, Jemma studied beauty therapy and successfully qualified.
    Following this, she served her community in a variety of ways, including the gym and leisure industry.

    Jemma took a change in career path and joined Henry Ison & Sons in September 2020.

    Jemma is a proud mum of two girls, she enjoys exercise, social gatherings and spending quality time with her family.

    Neil Rushton

    Funeral Service Operative

    Kevin Wrather

    Funeral Service Operative

    Kevin originates from Yorkshire and is a relative newcomer to the funeral industry.

    He comes to Henry Ison’s with many years of senior management experience in both public sector catering and in facilities management.

    Kevin enjoys his funeral services operative role immensely and in particular the client interface where a sensitive and understanding approach is always of paramount importance.
    Kevin often assists his colleagues in the various branches of Henry Ison’s located in and around Coventry.

    In his spare time, Kevin enjoys both playing and listening to music. Kevin is a qualified dive leader and has been a member of The British Sub Aqua Club for the past 31 years.

    Campbell Strefford

    Funeral Service Operative

    Campbell joined Funeral Partners in May 2019 as a casual Funeral Services Operative after retiring from his 40 year career in the NHS. Having had various positions in Facilities Management in Hospitals throughout the West and East Midlands, he also covers Funeral Arranger duties on a regular basis.

    Shropshire born, he has a love for the outdoor life, keeps himself active particularly Hill walking and he has cycled full length of Ireland and Lands end to John O’Groats. Married with three children, he also has three Grandchildren.
    He enjoys all aspects of his duties, especially helping families at the most difficult times in their lives as well as working with a happy and professional team.

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 02476 458 665 visit branch or arrange a home visit