MEET THE TEAM
The M Coghlan Team
Sally Walton | Dip FD | LMBIFD
I’m Sally. I have been a friend of the Coghlan family for many years, my Mum was a friend of Richard’s mum back in the day. I began working for the family in 1998 as a part time secretary, eventually moving to full time once my own children were older and more independent. As Richard took over from his Father, he encouraged me to become a funeral director. I was the first female funeral director in Fareham. My picture was even put in the news! I qualified in 2004 with the NAFD, achieving my Diploma in Funeral Directing.
During 2013-2014 I became President of the British Institute of Funeral Directors, taking me all around the country on different visits. 20 years on, Richard is semi-retired so I manage the day-to-day running of the business, still looking after clients and loving every minute of it. It has been a challenge but an honour to look after so many families in Fareham and now Gosport. I am also now a Tutor of the Certificate and Diploma Course with the BIFD, which means I get to share experiences and knowledge with the future generations of Funeral Directors around the South of England.
Tom Stevenson | Dip FS | LMBIFD
I’m Tom, I moved to Fareham when I was a year old and have lived here ever since. I went off to University and returned home to settle down and start a family. We live locally and are part of the wider community. I began working here at M Coghlan 5 years ago, starting out in a Funeral Operative role, preparing the deceased, effecting removals, washing cars.
I am now conducting funerals and looking after families during their time of grief. I gained my Diploma in Funeral Service last year, receiving the Student with the Highest Mark Award. I feel grateful that I am able to serve my community at such a time when they really need support and guidance. It is such a privilege to give back to them. We are a hardworking team and support each other as colleagues during difficult situations. I am the resident “Agony Aunt” on the team.
Georgie Kneller | Dip FS | LMBIFD
My name is Georgie, I have been working at Coghlan’s for nearly 10 years. I first came here during my senior school work experience at 15 years old. I loved it so much, I never wanted to return to school. There are so many amazing aspects of this job that many do not realise. So much goes on behind the scenes to arranging a funeral. As it happened, I did finish school, college, even university and have eventually returned here to work.
I began working in the office as the Admin Assistant, and when I returned from Maternity Leave, I became a funeral director. I gained my Diploma in Funeral Service last year, which has given me extensive knowledge of the job and I am honoured to be able to serve Fareham and the wider community through bereavement.
Kevin Squires | Dip FS | LMBIFD
I am Kevin. I was born and bred in Gosport, having gone to Bridgemary Secondary School and still living locally in the area. I left school and went to college where I learnt carpentry and joinery and landed a job in the funeral business in 1987 working at EJ Crossland Ltd in Gosport, later to become M Coghlan Ltd, having been trained by Eddie Crossland himself.
I took a few years working away from the funeral trade but returned as I missed the job. I am fully experienced within all the aspects of the job and in 2021, I gained my Diploma in the Funeral Service and am now a licenced funeral director running the day-to-day operations at M Coghlan Gosport branch. It is a privilege to serve the local community.
Neave Pottinger | Cert FS
I’m Neave, I am 21 years old and been working in the Funeral profession for a little over a year. I studied Health and Social Care at St Vincent College, and was lucky to come straight into a full time position as a Funeral Operative. I work in a role that has predominately been filled by males, I am the first female to do the job at this company.
This role is perfect for me as I love to care for people and I always do my upmost for every single person that comes in. I am the person who carries out the preparation of the deceased. This means I get them dressed and make sure they look their best ready for visits in our Chapel of Rest. I also prepare the coffins, and wash the cars ready for funerals. I am also a bearer on funerals so you may well see me out and about! I am the only female bearer on the team.
Sophie King | Cert FS
I am Sophie King née Coghlan, I’m Richard’s eldest daughter of three siblings. I joined the firm in September 2017. I work in the office part time, administering donations, answering the telephone and dealing with enquiries and booking appointments. I gained my certificate in Funeral Service earlier this year. I am also a nursey nurse; so, both jobs are a big contrast.
I like to perform on stage in musicals and plays. I have two children both of whom have joined me in musical theatre. We love to go on walks and getting out in the countryside. I still go for a kayak with my father and two brothers on Boxing Day. It is one of our annual traditions.
Westbury Road Fareham,
Hampshire, PO16 7XU
Phone: 01329 282711
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 17:00
(24 Hours Support)
129 Forton Road, Gosport,
Hampshire, PO12 4TQ
Phone: 023 9258 0074
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 17:00
(24 Hours Support)