Meet The Team

All of our staff adhere to the highest standard of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that all of your needs are attended to. Their commitment to the community and genuine compassion toward families are but a few of the characteristics that make them outstanding in their field. We are proud to have them on our staff.

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Jonathan Terry Dip FD MBIFD MBIE

Jonathan's first involvement with the funeral business dates back to 10th June 1985 when he attended a local funeral directors to carry out two weeks work experience.

On the 23rd June 1986 he joined the same company and worked as a funeral director's assistant. From 1988 until 1998 he worked for two other funeral companies as a funeral director and manager of a monumental masonry company. In 1998, together with Reg Stevens, he founded Jonathan Terry Independent Funeral Directors.

Jonathan was born in Southampton, and has lived in the Sholing area all of his life. He attended Weston Park Boy's School and The Salisbury School of Funeral Directing and Embalming where he gained the following qualifications:


  • 1987 Royal Institute of Public health and Hygiene certificate for the funeral service passed with honours.
  • 1988 National Association of funeral directors diploma.
  • 1992 British Institute of Embalmers member.

In 1989 Jonathan became a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors.

Jonathan has always supported and promoted the funeral business and has held office as Chairman of the local branch of the National Association of Funeral Directors and Governor of Region G of the British Institute of Funeral Directors. The company was proud to be the first funeral business from Southampton to join SAIF, the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.

Jonathan has dedicated his life to the profession and continues to maintain the high standards he was taught, to provide the best service and care to those who we are called to serve.

Jonathan TerryDip FD MBIFD MBIE

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Sylvia Terry

Sylvia Terry is Jonathan’s Mother.

She has been involved in the company from the very beginning; Sylvia and her sister Mrs. Kathy Smith shared the responsibility of the office reception but have now retired from that position.

Sylvia continues to support the company and, together with Anne, run our monthly coffee mornings.

Jonathan is so grateful to his Mother and Aunt Kathy for their support of him and their care for the families since 1998 when the company was founded.

Sylvia Terry

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Thomas Terry

Thomas (Tom) Terry is Jonathan’s father

We are so grateful for Thomas' help and support in the company.

Tom, as he is known, is by trade, a builder and has carried out all of our building works and refurbishments to a high standard. Tom retired from full time employment in 2009 and has joined the company as a part time pall bearer.

Tom and Sylvia live in Hedge End.

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Tina Terry Wyatt

Tina joined the company in May 2014.

Tina has worked in the financial industry and is a qualified accountant. Her duties include all the financial services of the business.

Jonathan is pleased to have his sister working with him in such an important role.

Tina is married to Bren and lives in Hedge End.

Tina Terry Wyatt

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Reg Stevens

Reg Stevens, together with Jonathan Terry, founded the company in 1998.

Reg assists in the management and administration of the company.

Reg Stevens

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Matthew Haines MBIE

Matthew joined the company in 2004.

He was born in Southampton and now lives in West End, with Laura and their children. Matthew has worked within the funeral profession for most of his life.

Taking care of people has always been his passion and he considers the entrustment of a funeral service to be a privilege, always ensuring the service is personal, dignified and special to each family.

Matthew attended the Salisbury School of Funeral Directing and Embalming in 1997, first as a student of the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene course for funeral directors, which he passed with honours. Secondly in 2004 as an embalming student. In 2006 he passed the examination and proudly received an award from the British Institute of Embalmers for his embalming skills. His standard was among the highest in the country and he was truly honoured to be recognized for this.

Matthew was appointed manager of our London Road office and continues to take pride in supporting and caring for families in their time of need at London Road and also at Peartree Avenue.

Matthew Haines MBIE

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Kris Bonaer

Kris joined the company in 2005.

He takes great pride in his work and assists in all aspects of the business, specialising in the preparation of loved ones for families to visit at the chapel of rest.

This is Kris’ first position within a funeral business and he has become a trusted and invaluable member of our team, dedicated and always attentive to our families' needs.

Kris Bonaer

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David Kitley

David joined the company in 2007.

He was born in Winchester, but now lives in Sholing, Southampton.

Having worked within the profession since 2005 it was a pleasure to welcome him to our company in February 2007.

In 2010 David studied at the Salisbury School for Funeral Directing and Embalming as a student of the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene course for funeral directors which he passed with credit.

David’s care, dedication to detail and gentle approach makes him an invaluable member of the team.

David Kitley

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Anne Jackson

Anne joined the company in 2007.

Her career in nursing and genuine care for families shines through in her work within the funeral business; Anne has been involved with many charities in fundraising.

Anne is the office manager at Peartree Avenue and she will normally be the voice and face you will first meet if you phone or call in to our Peartree Avenue office during office hours. Anne and her husband, Alan, run our monthly coffee mornings along with Sylvia Terry. We and our bereaved families benefit from the quiet, efficient and caring way in which she carries out her duties.

Anne is married to Alan and lives in Netley Abbey, Southampton.

Anne Jackson

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Debbie King

Debbie joined the company in March 2014

She came to us from working in the special care industry and previously held the position of social care manager This quality is evident in her care shown to the families we are called to serve.

Debbie is based at Peartree Avenue office and duties include all administration of the business. She is responsible for our Golden Charter pre paid funeral plans and will meet with you to advise the benefits of taking out a plan.

Debbie is married to Paul and lives in Peartree Avenue.

Debbie King

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Margaret Francis

Margaret joined the company in 2010.

She is our office manager at London Road, having previously served as a Station Officer with Hampshire Constabulary at Southampton Central Police station.

Margaret has proven to be a caring person who has received many compliments on her help and support to the families she has served at London Road.

She, Matthew and Gill continue to provide our personal service to families in the areas of Bassett, Shirley, Chilworth, Lordswood, Lordshill and Millbrook from the London Road Office.

Margaret lives in Lordswood, Southampton, with her partner Harry.

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Gill Silsbury

Gill joined the company in April 2015, after a long career in sales with National Express and then running her own restaurant business.

She is based at our London Road office and is responsible for our monumental masonry work. Her caring and patient manner makes her the ideal person to talk through your memorial requirements with.

Gill is married to Ian and lives in Bitterne.

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Gavin Taylor

Gavin joined the company in December 2014.

His duties include all aspects of the business. We appreciate his natural caring approach to families. He is responsible for the administration of cremated remains.

Gavin is married to Georgia and lives in Sholing.

In February 2015 Gavin’s brother Bradley joined the company.

Gavin Taylor

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Bradley Taylor

Bradley joined the company in February 2015.

His duties include the preparation of our cars for funeral services and attending the funeral service as a bearer.

Brothers Bradley and Gavin both came to the company after working in separate funeral homes but now enjoy working together and it is a pleasure to have them on our team.

Bradley Taylor

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