Walker family hosts conference

Independent funeral director A B Walker hosted a European conference this summer, welcoming funeral directors from around the world.

Around 70 visitors from countries including the USA and Australia attended the Selected Independent Funeral Homes European Conference 2019. Membership of Selected Independent Funeral Homes is by invitation only and is extended to funeral directors after careful evaluation of their character, professional ability and reputation.

The theme of the four-day conference was leadership. Speakers included local MP Alok Sharma (then Minister of State for Employment, now International Development Secretary).

The conference included visits to Windsor Castle, The Leander Club, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

“We were proud to host the conference,” said A B Walker Director Julian Walker. “And we were delighted to welcome visitors to the county of Berkshire and the surrounding areas, and to showcase our business and our team to our peers.

“We are hugely grateful to individuals and organisations for their help in delivering this experience.”

Julian also commented on how beneficial it was to share knowledge with other funeral directors, as the conference included comparing funeral practices in the USA, Australia and the UK and discussing what can be learned from each other.

As one of Berkshire’s oldest family businesses, having a 200-year history in the area, A B Walker is now run by the fifth generation of the same family. The firm has branches in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Henley-on-Thames, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Caversham and Maidenhead.

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