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Two key appointments have been made at the new Cannock Chase Crematorium as preparations are made for its opening in the coming months.

Jo Walker has agreed to be Manager of the new facility.   She comes to Cannock having spent the last four years as Manager of Lichfield Crematorium, a period in which she has steadily built the reputation of the facility while coping with the disruption of a business takeover and a serious fire.   Jo entered the funeral industry following the death of her father but prior to that had a successful career working in marketing, teaching and charities.

She said,

”I love working in the bereavement industry.   Every day I get to make a difficult experience as good as it can be for lots of people.   And I am so pleased to be running the new crematorium at Cannock Chase.   I am being given the keys to this beautiful facility and I have all the excitement and challenge of building a new team and establishing the site as a key part of the local community.”

Jo will be aided at Cannock Chase by Liam Bennett, who has been appointed Assistant Manager.   Liam has always worked in Crematoria.   He started his professional career as a Gardener at Birmingham Crematorium and over the years has moved through all the roles in the industry.   He is a specialist Cremator Technician and has latterly been providing technical support for 46 facilities across the country.   He is equally adept running services in the ceremony hall and has been Manager covering holidays and absence.

He said,

“I have been following the progress at Cannock Chase since the crematorium plans were first announced and have been really keen to work here, so getting this job is fantastic.   I think that we can make Cannock Chase the natural choice for people in the area.  We will make every effort to care for their loved ones, we can offer long service times and because it is a modern and beautiful building.”

The first task for Jo and Liam is to appoint the rest of their team.   They have full time vacancies for a Cremator Technician/Gardener and an Administrator/Chapel Attendant.   Both jobs are advertised on the Cannock Chase Crematorium website.