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Meet the team

Our funeral staff makes the Bennetts Funeral Directors, and its funeral services a generations-long legacy. Our mission is to give you the best support possible during a difficult time. We understand that death can be a very sensitive and private matter which is why the Bennetts funeral staff are dignified, professional, caring, and always there to help in any way that they can.

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Jane Bennett

Managing Director

The Bennett family has very strong links with Brentwood going back over three centuries. Jane Bennett started working in her family’s business in 1988 having previously spent a few years in the Civil Service and almost 10 years in the City within the financial sector.

More about Jane

Jane was a founding Director of the Brentwood Town Centre Partnership in 2004 and led a community project to enhance the gardens of St Georges Church, Ongar Road. The drought garden won the coveted Beth Chatto Award for Best Drought Garden at that year’s Anglia in Bloom Awards. Jane also served as a Member of the Brentwood Town Centre Renaissance Group and continues to serve on the Brentwood in Bloom Committee. Jane has been involved with much fundraising over the years and regularly takes part in challenges to help raise funds for local, national, and international charities.

Her hobbies include looking after her animals, gardening, horse riding, eating out, travel and going to the gym. She has two sons.

Bridget Holley

Funeral Director, Funeral Plan Adviser & Bereaved Parent Support

Bridget joined Bennetts in 2015 as a receptionist having previously worked for Buttsbury Infants School, Billericay. Bridget previously worked for the Civil Service for 23 years in public health and food safety. Bridget runs our support group for bereaved parents.  Having lost her own daughter, Emily, in 2011, she calls on her own experience to provide invaluable support to other parents who have experienced a similar loss.

More about Bridget

Bridget has two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family and their dogs, Florrie and Shelby.  She also enjoys an eclectic range of music, film, and TV and has been a fan of Dr. Who from a very young age.

Contact Bridget:
bridget@bennettsfunerals.co.uk

Tina Pettengale

Funeral Director & Office Manager

Tina started at Bennetts Funeral Services in January 2015. Tina is part of the Bennetts management team. A highly valued member of our funeral staff, Tina also arranges and conducts funeral services.

More about Tina

Tina likes to spend time with her family, she enjoys travelling and the occasional glass of prosecco.

Contact Tina:
tina@bennettsfunerals.co.uk

Jonathan Lee

Funeral Director’s Assistant

A local lad, Jon has been with us since 2005. Coming from the care industry he already had an insight into the preliminary stages of caring for the deceased. He is part of our 24-hour call-out team, a bearer on funerals, and also drives the limousines.

More about Jonathan

Jon lives locally and is an active member in his local church St Thomas of Canterbury where he is a bell ringer. He also helps to keep our award-winning gardens and hanging baskets in good shape!!

Mark Ebsworth

Financial Administrator/Funeral Director

Mark initially helped Bennetts out on a casual basis, before starting working full time  2015, firstly on a casual basis and later becoming full-time, following in the footsteps of his father Gary, who worked for the company over a fifteen-year period.

More about Mark

Mark has recently taken over duties within our Accounts Department and is continuing his studies in this area, he also conducts on funerals, is part of the 24-hour call-out team, a bearer, and drives the limousines. His hobbies include art, swimming, the gym, watching live sports, and attending music festivals.

Contact Mark:
mark@bennettsfunerals.co.uk

David Haley

Funeral Director’s Assistant

Dave joined us in 2016. He is a family man and treasures quality time with his wife and daughters, Molly and Emily. Dave enjoys socialising and eating out and is partial to a hot curry! He loves holidays in the sunshine, his favourite destination is the Far East.

More about David

In the summer he enjoys BBQs and a beer, in the winter he loves to sit in front of an open fire with a glass of red wine listening to music. He loves watching football and is a loyal season ticket holder. Dave is an overall people person who is always happy to lend a helping hand.

Tina Linger

Facilities Manager

Tina has been with the company since 2007. Tina is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the premises and organisation, plus the support of the funeral staff in all areas.

More about Tina

She frequently helps with community-related projects we are involved in. Tina lives locally she has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Martyn Stevens

Funeral Director

Martyn joined Bennetts in 2018 as a Funeral Planning Advisor. Martyn previously worked for solicitors for 28 years assisting personal injury families who had sustained moderate to serious injuries. Martyn is part of the 24-hour call-out team, a bearer, and driver and he arranges funerals and pre-paid plans.

More about Martyn

Martyn undertakes numerous networking events and supports local community groups. Martyn is married and has two daughters and enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys a wide range of music. Martyn also is a keen gardener growing vegetables at home.

Denise Rixson

Masonry Manager

Denise joined Bennetts in March 2018 coming from a retail background. She is responsible for the Memorial Masonry Department. Denise is married with 3 daughters. Her hobbies include swimming and going to the theatre.

More about Denise

She enjoys holidays in the sun and spending time with her family and her two dogs, she especially likes soaps and reality tv shows.

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Josh Relf

Funeral Director

Josh joined the Bennetts team in April 2019, having previously worked as an Assistant Manager for a luxury watch repair shop. He is an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan and in his spare time enjoys socialising with friends and spending time with family.

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Gary Balser

Coffin Bearer and Funeral Conductor

Gary joined Bennetts in 2019. Gary has an engineering background and was self-employed for 40 years before joining us. Currently, Gary has a range of duties ranging from cleaning and driving the limousines and hearses, to conducting funeral services.

More about Gary

Gary’s interests are history and historical fiction, astronomy, electronics, science, and cycling. He also has a keen interest in current affairs and the financial markets. Gary has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 35 years and they have two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

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Lisa Foot

Funeral Arranger

Lisa joined Bennetts in July 2020, coming from a wedding and hospitality background.
Lisa arranges funerals and conducts services, as well as looking after our New Era Bereavement support group, and helping the team with administrative duties.

More about Lisa

Lisa is married with 3 boys, and enjoys spending her time with family and friends, and walking her beloved dog, Milo. She also loves to go and watch live music and loves a festival in the summer.

Contact Lisa:
lisa@bennettsfunerals.co.uk

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Darren Meadows

Funeral Director’s Assistant

Darren Meadows joined Bennetts in 2020 after working in the industry previously. Darren is forty-seven years old and lives in Epping with his two teenage sons Ronnie and Josh and their Springer Spaniel Boomer. In his spare time, he likes to cycle off-road in Epping Forest with his sons. Darren is an avid course fisherman and follower of country pursuits.

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David Osborn

Funeral Director’s Assistant

David Osborn joined us in 2020, he is 59 years old and has been happily married to Karen for 33 years, they share three grown-up children and two dogs, Muttley and Millie. In Dave’s spare time he likes nothing better than to take them for long walks around Hornchurch where he lives. A keen runner, he also enjoys playing golf and watching his beloved Arsenal.

Grant Martin

Grant Martin

Funeral Director (Trainee)

Grant Martin joined us in 2020, initially as a driver and bearer, however, after a short time we realised his potential and he was soon conducting funerals. In March 2021 he moved into the office to begin his training as a funeral director. Grant is married to Amanda with three children and two dogs, Lola a French Bulldog, and Ruby a Pug. Formally a Black cab driver for 25 years.

More about Grant Martin

Grant is now driving different vehicles but equally safely. His hobbies include reading, quizzes, travelling to Mallorca, learning Spanish (slowly), horseracing, his favourite track is Huntingdon, and watching Spurs having been a season ticket for many years.