A LOUGHGALL funeral director has said he is determined to ensure the interests of his profession are best protected as he takes on a senior position within the British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD).
Following their recent conference and banquet on October 20, 2018, which was held at the National Motor Museum in Beauleu, England, David Evan Capper was installed as National President of the British Institute of Funeral Directors. David had previously held the position of Vice President with the organisation.
David always held an interest in becoming a funeral director and got his break in the industry at the age of 18 in Holmes of Dungannon.
“I have always had an interest in the business,” says David. “It wasn't a morbid fascination just something that I had an interest in.
“I got the opportunity to work with Holmes of Dungannon when I was 18 and have never looked back. In 1998 I started working for a friend in Belfast and in 2005 I opened Elwood & Capper Independent Funeral Directors with my business partner Brain Elwood”.
In 2015, David completed a British Institute of Funeral Directors diploma and in his new role as President, David will be responsible for representing the funeral directors of Northern Ireland in meetings across the UK.
Throughout the industry there has been a call for the introduction of professional qualifications, to protect industry standards. The need for a professional qualification has been made legislation in Scotland and means that not just anyone can become a funeral director. “That is something that I can see being introduced in Northern Ireland in the not too distant future”, explains Mr Capper.
As well as David Capper and Brain Elwood, Elwood&Capper Independent Funeral Directors employ two other members of staff, William Greer, who gained his Diploma the same year as myself in 2015 and Deborah Lilley, who received her Diploma with Honours, along with achieving the BIFD Award Winner Trophy, at a past BIFD Conference.
“We are very proud of the traditional foundations on which we have grown our business and we pride ourselves on not only being dedicated funeral directors but also advocates for local charities and community groups”, says David.
Growing up in the small farming village of Loughgall, David is a firm believer in the importance of community. “I grew up with neighbours working on each other’s farms well into the evening while us kids jumped off hay bales and then started again at 6am, community has always been at the centre point of my life, this was instilled into my by my parents.
“Being installed as President of the BIFD is an honour and I will do my very best to uphold all that the Institute stands for and believes in during my time in office”.