About Us

    About William H Painter Funeral Directors

    William H Painter Funeral Directors was established in 1907 when William H Painter, the owner of a horse-drawn taxi business, was helping a friend who asked to be taken to the nearest undertaker. We now serve communities across Birmingham and Solihull from our local network of funeral homes in Yardley, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Kings Heath, Kingstanding, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.

    We are proud to serve the people in those communities of many different cultures and faiths, as well as those with no religious beliefs. Our Yardley funeral home has its own Service Venue where you may choose to hold the funeral in the very heart of your local community.

    We bring empathy and experience to support you in planning your loved one’s funeral and fulfilling your wishes to the best of our ability.

    Our experienced and caring team will advise and support you at every stage of the funeral planning process, with a wide range of funeral options and transparent pricing.

    Here at William H Painter 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

    Fiona Hughes

    Area Development Manager

    With over 25 years’ experience in customer service Fiona has served some of the highest profile individuals in the UK.
    Since joining William H Painter in 2016 she realised that her passion for delivering the highest level of customer service could not be better placed. Professional standards, care and compassion are at the heart of everything she does.
    Fiona has 2 sons and 2 step-daughters who keep her busy outside work.

    Diane Young

    Funeral Director - Yardley

    Diane has worked within the funeral service for 14 years and joined William H Painter on 23rd March 2017.
    She says “I joined as a funeral arranger and progressed to a Funeral Director in the same year which I am thoroughly enjoying. I cannot imagine doing anything else as I achieve great job satisfaction when helping families in there time of need.”

    Katie Halford-McWilliams

    Funeral Director

    Katie joined William H Painter in February 2019 as a funeral arranger and soon progressed to Funeral Director in the same year.
    She has worked in the funeral profession since 2012 working with another local Funeral Directors.
    She says “I enjoy looking after the families from the moment they walk through the door to the day of the funeral and ensuring they receive the best service. I love all aspects of my job and love coming to work, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
    In her spare time she likes to keep fit by going to the gym, reading, socialising with her friends and spending time outdoors walking her dog.

     

    Sharon Calvert

    Diary Manager

    Shaz (Sharon) started working at William H Painter in November 2005 and has progressed from a branch arranger to Diary Manager encompassing both William H Painter Funeral Directors and Thomas Bragg Funeral Directors (and for a short time also included Henry Ison Funeral Directors)
    In her previous jobs she has worked for the Royal Navy, a building firm, been a senior carer in a nursing home and Duty Manager at a hotel.
    She enjoys driving, reading and exploring Scotland with her husband, and has done a parachute jump for the charity MIND

    Katie Louise Hughes

    Office Manager

    Katie joined William H Painter Funeral Directors in October 2016 as a Funeral Arranger, during those 3 years as an arranger she has faced challenging situations and is always willing to learn the different areas within the company. Katie’s passion and commitment to the business has allowed her to progress to Office Manager where she looks forward to the new challenges ahead.
    She says “I have a passion for the job that I do and pride myself on excellent customer service. I am proud to be an ambassador for Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors and I hope to have a long and fulfilling career. I like to meet my family’s needs and to go above and beyond their expectations.”
    Outside of work she likes to socialise with her friends, take her son out and spend time as a family. Katie also likes to read, go for walks and enjoys going on family holidays.

    Emma Welch

    Funeral Arranger – Dovehouse Parade

    After working in the education sector for a few years, Emma joined the company in 2015 following the death of her grandfather. WH Painter took care of the funeral arrangements and she was impressed by the service received. In her spare time she enjoys singing in a church choir in Solihull, playing the piano and reading.

    Becky Westwood

    Funeral Arranger – Kingstanding

    Becky worked in the funeral profession for eight years before joining William H Painter in 2017. She has also worked for West Midlands Police as a Special Constable. She loves her job, particularly being there for people when they are at their most vulnerable. In her leisure time, she enjoys Ceroc dancing.

    Katie Hughes

    Funeral Arranger – Yardley

    Katie joined our firm in 2016 after looking for a career change from her previous role in retail. She says the best part of her job is helping people when they are going through a difficult time and ensuring they receive an excellent service. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising.

    Jeanette Husselbee

    Funeral Arranger – Castle Bromwich

    Jeanette joined William H Painter in 2012 and is passionate about her job and dedicated to community work, having raised over £6,000 for charity. She was previously in the army (48 Signals Regiment), rising to Sergeant Head Chef, before moving into palliative care (end of life) in a nursing home. In her spare time, Jeanette loves travelling and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

    Tracey Bowman

    Funeral Arranger – Yardley

    Tracey joined William H Painter in 2016 as a Receptionist and soon progressed to Funeral Arranger. She really enjoys helping families make the whole funeral process as smooth and stress free as possible.

    Amy Duffy

    Funeral Arranger – Chelmsley Wood

    Amy joined our team in January 2018 after working for another funeral directors since 2010.
    In her role as a Funeral Arranger, she enjoys supporting families whilst helping them plan their loved one’s final journey.
    Amy enjoys spending time with her two children. In her spare time, she likes travelling and socialising with friends.

    Julie Kilby

    Funeral Arranger- Sutton Coldfield

    Julie joined William H Painter in August 2018 after previously working within the education and healthcare sectors.
    She really enjoys helping and supporting families during such a difficult time.
    In her spare time, Julie enjoys history, reading, music and spending time with her family.

    Kathryn Wagg

    Mobile Funeral Arranger

    Kathryn is originally from Yorkshire but moved to Solihull 30 years ago.
    Kathryn worked in banking and accounting after leaving school. Kathryn joined our team in 2019 after working for another Funeral Director.
    She says she “finds it a privilege to help families through their journey at such a difficult time.”
    Kathryn has four daughters and four grandchildren who she loves to spend time with.

    Alan Turley

    Funeral Service Operative

    After Working in aerospace engineering for 38 years, Alan joined the funeral profession in 2006, moving to William H Painter in 2008, spending four years as a funeral arranger then moving to be a funeral operative including conducting of funerals when necessary.
    In his spare time he enjoys watching football, cricket and socialising with friends and family.

    Ray Roser

    Funeral Service Operative

    Ray started working for William H Painter in 2016. On leaving school, Ray enlisted in the Coldstream Guards and served 24 years in various countries all over the world, reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.
    After leaving the forces, Ray spent 6 and a half years living abroad before moving back to the UK and working in various roles such as warehouse management and driving jobs.
    Ray enjoys helping others and often plans and organises charity events for the local community. In his spare time, Ray enjoys socialising and fishing.

    Our Values

    Pride

    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.

    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.

    Partnership

    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 0121 706 1291 visit branch or arrange a home visit