Inspector of Funeral Directors appointed

The Scottish Government has appointed Natalie McKail as Scotland’s first ever Inspector of Funeral Directors. Ms McKail will take up post in July and has previous experience as an Inspector of Environmental Health.

Ms McKail will undertake a review of the funeral profession for the first 18 months of her two-year appointment, making recommendations to Ministers on regulation and the possible introduction of a licensing regime.

Minister for Public Health & Sport Aileen Campbell said: “The appointment of the Inspector is an important recommendation of both the independent Commission led by Lord Bonomy and Dame Elish’s National Cremation Investigation.

“The approach we’re taking will ensure that any regulatory scheme reflects the diverse nature of the funeral profession in Scotland and ensures that bereaved families receive the best possible care at a time when they are potentially very vulnerable.”

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