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Meet our Team

Awen Clement – Care and Services Co-ordinator

Awen has been working in the funeral industry for nearly five years. She is an experienced celebrant and interfaith chaplain and is proud to be a spiritual care volunteer in the hospice sector.  In 2021 Awen was named Minister of the Year (any religion) in the AGFD Good Funeral Awards.

Awen has a deep love of nature and a desire to protect the environment rooted in her pagan spiritual beliefs which see the natural world as sacred. She really believes that the choice of natural burial makes a difference to people’s grief journey and is proud to take care of the burial grounds and their clients. 

Christopher Doggett Dip.F.D. – Managing Director

Christopher Doggett

Christopher, a third-generation funeral director, has worked in funeral service since 1983 and is extremely experienced in all aspects of funeral service and care for the bereaved.

In 2017 Christopher was approached to manage the company and was delighted to take on a role that ensured total personal service could be allied to caring for the environment and encouraging nature.  This ethos forms the key foundations of the very personal care provided by Christopher, Rachel and the team.

Highly qualified and experienced in funeral service Christopher is the holder of the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing and is a Trustee of the Association of Green Funeral Directors.  Christopher also organises events promoting green and alternative funerals and supporting the bereaved, including the award-winning Prestwold Hall Bereavement Awareness Day.

Rachel Doggett – Project Manager

Rachel Doggett

Rachel joined The Natural Burial Company in February 2018 after a career in telecommunications.  Rachel supports the business in many ways but now only works directly with clients by request.

Rachel’s passion for the environment ensures that she continues to strive to create beautiful and nature-rich places for remembrance. 

In 2018 Rachel was honoured to be a finalist in the Good Funeral Awards category of Most Promising Trainee Funeral Director of the Year.  And whilst not strictly a funeral director, Rachel is passionate about helping people and supporting every aspect of care for the bereaved.

Lord Clifton Wrottesley – Director

Lord Clifton Wrottesley

Lord Clifton Wrottesley’s family owned the historic Wrottesley Hall estate near Wolverhampton in Staffordshire for almost 900 years and he still has a keen interest in the local area, as well as a deep concern for environmental issues.  Lord Wrottesley was approached by the Packe-Drury-Lowe family who suggested establishing a natural burial ground in derelict woodland on the site of an ex-military and post-war refugee camp, which formed part of the Wrottesley estate near the village of Perton in South Staffordshire.  After thoroughly researching the concept of natural burials Lord Wrottesley was offered a share of the Natural Burial Company and became a director in December 2015.  Lord Wrottesley is a self-confessed ‘closet tree-hugger’ and his mantra on natural burials is that he aims for the unconventional to become the conventional

Edward Packe-Drury-Lowe Director

Edward Packe-Drury-Lowe

Edwards father Simon Packe-Drury-Lowe co-founded the Natural Burial Company when he retired from farming at the end of the twentieth century. Edward has continued to manage the Prestwold Estate and run the farm ever since. His agricultural principles are based on sustainability and working with environmental consideration. These attributes guide his work with The Natural Burial Company where he has been a director since his Father’s death. The Prestwold burial ground is located on the Prestwold Estate where the Packe family has lived for almost 400 years.

Bill Ginns – Chairman

Bill Ginns

Bill has spent his life in funeral service as one of the members of the owners of the extremely well respected Ginns and Gutteridge Funeral Service.  In 1989 the family business was sold and Bill’s younger brother, Paul, began work pioneering the manufacture of environmentally friendly cardboard coffins.  As a result of this Paul helped the development of The Natural Burial Company with Simon Packe-Drury-Lowe and Bill joined to support.

Bill played an active role in the management of The Natural Burial Company for many years but has now stepped down from day-to-day involvement, although his knowledge and experience are still utilised in his role as Chairman of the company.

Latest News

Making a Difference

It is clear that we are all currently having to face two key challenges, the environment is top of the list as we look to protect our fragile climate for

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A Genuine Personal Goodbye

It is pleasing that so many people are now looking to arrange personal goodbye’s for loved ones. However, this can often be within traditional conventions and time constraints from service

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Christmas and New Year Remembrance

Our natural burial grounds will be open to visitors over the Christmas and New Year periods for those who wish to pay their respects. We will also be available for

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The Great Big Green Week – Making Funerals Greener

We are all becoming more environmentally conscious. Greater awareness and understanding of the importance of helping to care for our planet is resulting in people making more environmentally friendly choices. 

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