Meet Our Dedicated Management Team

Steven Mears DipFD

Group CEO

Office 020 3455 0305


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.

Lisa McDermott DipFAA

Managing Director

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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 12 branches in South East London, East London and Buckinghamshire work.

Gary Hart

Group Commercial Director

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Gary has over 15 years of experience across all aspects of the funeral profession and is responsible for the commercial and marketing activities of the entire Group, including its web and social media presence. He is also responsible for managing and developing trade partnerships with other funeral directors, trade associations and other industry partners for our funeral and international repatriation services.

Anji Reeves DipFD DipFAA

Area Business Manager

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Anji has over 11 years’ funeral profession experience and is Vice President of the London Association of Funeral Directors, and has been an elected member of its Executive Committee since 2016. She is passionate about the profession which has enabled her to deliver a compassionate, professional, caring service to the families in my care. Anji is responsible for the Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Lewisham and West Wickham branches.

Elisabeth Elphick

Diary Manager

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Lis is responsible for the operation of all funerals we conduct, ensuring that our vehicles and staff are at the right place at the right time. She controls our fleet of over twenty vehicles and thirty staff.

Dianne Gillard


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Dianne started working with Steven over 20 years ago when he opened his original flagship branch in Lewisham under the Steven Mears Funeral Directors brand (sold in 2013). Dianne is well-known in the Catford and Sydenham area and has unsurpassed knowledge in all aspects of funeral arranging and monumental masonry. She is especially proud to be the manager of the first branch opened under the Mears Family Funerals brand.

Alan McPherson

Funeral Conductor

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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.

Joe Hopper

Trainee Funeral Conductor

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Joe has naturally taken to the world of Funeral Directing and has had countless 5* reviews ove the past year. He is proving to be a very conscientious Funeral Director and will no doubt go on to have a very promising career in our caring profession.

Philippa Smith DipFD

Aylesbury Area Manager

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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.

Yvonne Surridge

Masonry Manager

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Yvonne started working with Steven as a funeral arranger nearly 20 years ago and has worked across all areas of the business. Based at our Catford branch, Yvonne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things relating to memorials and now manages the masonry operations for all 12 branches.

James Huntington


Office 0208 650 1188


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.

Brenda Sullivan


Office 020 8650 1188


Brenda has many years of Funeral Arranging experience to draw from whilst she looks after our Clients in Beckenham. 

She lives locally and thus has a great knowledge or all thing Beckenham.

Ian Moore


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Lucy Johnson

Biggin Hill

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A Biggin Hill resident, Lucy jumped at the chance to join the team when the Biggin Hill branch opened in October 2018. Having previously worked for blue-chip corporations, Lucy has embraced the change in working environment (and shorter commute!) and is passionate about serving the community she is a part of. She is also our in-house Order of Service design expert - with a flair for the creative and eye for detail.

Maria Sofocleous

Bromley & West Wickham

Office 0208 719 0917


Originally joining the team as a mobile arranger, Maria has quickly progressed to managing two of our branches - Bromley and West Wickham. She is committed to delivering the highest quality of client service and has a deep understanding of the varying needs and requirements of all sectors of the communities she serves. Maria also manages our specialists funeral floristry business, Cloud Flowers.

Pam Ambrose


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Pam is the driving force behind our Eltham Branch.

Having spent most of her life in and around the Eltham area she has a unique understanding of local life and cultures.

Always ready to serve our clients, she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of arranging a funeral.

Sharon Wickes


Office 01689 363001


Sharon joined the group as a Repatriation Manager at Mears Repatriation, having previously worked for a leading independent funeral directors that was acquired by a large corporate group. Sharon, who has over 23 years of funeral profession experience, is now the driving force behind our flagship Orpington High Street branch providing the local community with exceptional service and compassion.

Samantha Gibson


Office 020 8520 4999





In our memorial brochure you will find a  selection of the granite and marble memorials, headstones and gravestones that are available to you.

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In our memorial brochure you will find a  selection of the granite and marble memorials, headstones and gravestones that are available to you.

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