Our Team

Meet the team

When we conduct a funeral for you, one of our funeral directors will look after arrangements and remains your principle contact, supported by our dedicated and caring operatives, bearers and office team.

Colin Locke

Managing Director and Funeral Director

Colin was first recorded helping his father, Raymond (the R in R. Locke & Son) make coffins at the age of 6 and has been involved with and conducting funerals for over 55 years. For many years Colin’s building business ran alongside the funeral business. He is currently project managing the premises expansion plan at Brailes.

Colin is often seen out and about in Tysoe or on long walks with his wife, Chris, and their dogs. His favourite place to walk is anywhere in the Scottish Isles or Yorkshire Dales! If he’s not busy looking after their animals he’s helping support local and village events. Hugely supportive of his grandchildren he regularly helps with music practice or cheering them on pitch side at Shipston Rugby Club on a Sunday morning.

Colin Locke

George Locke

DIP. FAA, DIP. FD
Company Director and Funeral Director

Starting out with washing cars and lining coffins in the school holidays he continued to learn the ropes under his grandfather and father upon joining the business over 25 years ago. George is now the third generation of Locke’s to manage the business.

In anticipation of new regulations within the funeral industry George has successfully completed and been awarded his Diploma in Funeral Directing.

When he’s not working, George can be seen out riding his bike, supporting his children’s scout group in Shipston, helping coach the Under 8's rugby team in Shipston or volunteering for Friends of Brailes School events, most notably leading the firework display for the last few years!

George Locke

Our Funeral Directors

Duncan Harper

Duncan Harper

DIP FD

Bruce Chatterton

Bruce Chatterton

DIP.FD, LLB (HONS)

Graham Hemming

Graham Hemming

Belou Fox-Furniss

Belou Fox-Furniss

Our Lead Bearers

Martin Phillips and Clare Cooper

Martin Phillips and Clare Cooper

Our Office Team

Rachel Locke

Rachel Locke

Marketing, H&S, HR and administration
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am - 3pm

Lucy Locke

Accounts, donations and administration
Monday to Thursday 9am - 4pm

Our Pallbearing Team

Fred Inns, Barry Sutton, Martin Phillips, Clare Cooper, Mick Woods, Paul Clifton, Pennyann Wells, John McDonaugh (left to right)

Fred Inns, Barry Sutton, Martin Phillips, Clare Cooper, Mick Woods, Paul Clifton, Pennyann Wells, John McDonaugh (left to right)

Our Funeral Operatives

Paul Clifton

Paul Clifton

Alan Locke

Alan Locke

Ross Podbury

Ross Podbury

A few family ties!

George is Colin’s son. Rachel is George’s wife. Lucy is Colin’s daughter, George’s sister. Alan is Colin’s brother. John is Rachel’s father. Paul and Clare are father and daughter. And sometimes, at the Brailes office, you might see the next generations of Locke’s, (George and Rachel’s children) Freddie, Barney and Tabby walking their dog or hear them playing in the garden!

R Locke & Son
SAIF
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