Meet the Bennetts Funerals staff

The Bennetts family have made its funeral service a generation long legacy. Our mission is to give you the best support possible during a difficult time. We understand that a 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 anyway they can.

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.

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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 fund raising 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

Bereavement Support Facilitator/Pre-paid Funeral Plan Advisor

Bridget joined Bennetts in 2015 as a receptionist having recently 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 daughter, Emily, in 2011.

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Bridget worships at Christ Church, Billericay, where she also volunteers in the church office.  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.

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Tina Pettengale

Funeral Director & Office Manager

Tina started at Bennetts Funeral Services in January 2015. Tina is part of the Bennetts management team. 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.

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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.

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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

Funeral Director’s Assistant

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

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Mark has recently taken over in our accounts department and still 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.

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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 support of the 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 whom 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.


Josh Relf

Coffin bearer and Driver

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


Gary Balser

Coffin bearer and Funeral conductor

Gary joined Bennetts on a part time basis in February this year (2019) having fitted in well with the team from the beginning he was offered a full-time position starting 1st April. 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 is married (35 years) to Sarah, with two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

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Brentwood Head office 01277 210104

Billericay office 01277 627492