Bungard Funeral Directors, an independent family funeral directors, is a fifth generation family business, serving Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas. We have been specialists in funerals for over 100 years.
The Current Team
Richard Whittle – Managing Director and great, great grandson of the founder
Richard Whittle is the second son of James and Ann Whittle. He has the Diploma in Funeral Directing and the Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration from the National Association of Funeral Directors. Richard also has a BSc Hons in Operations Management from Lancaster University and an Advanced Certificate in Sales & Marketing from the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.
Richard joined the family firm full time in March 2011 but had previously worked as a bearer for the firm during school and university holidays. Richard enjoyed working with his Dad James until his retirement in June 2012 when Richard formally took over the managerial reins. Previously Richard worked at Hospitality and Leisure Manpower in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, as an Operations Manager working with consultants and trainers to improve the quality of customer service and service standards with small to medium enterprises throughout the country.
Richard is married to Amie, a Civil Servant and both live in Haywards Heath.
Ben joined the company in October 2015, having worked for his previous employer for over 9 years. Ben has recently completed and passed the online NAFD Funeral Awareness course.
Ben and his wife Leila, live in Hove with their young son and they enjoy the sights and sounds (when they can) that the city has to offer.
Ray Mitchell joined the Company in 2003 as a Funeral Director’s Assistant. He has been in the funeral profession since 1969. He was educated at Whitehawk School, Brighton.
Ray is a keen gardener and evidence of his horticultural skill can be seen outside the office and is often a local talking point. When he is not working Ray can more than likely be found at his allotment.
Zoe Walker joined the company in 2018. Zoe is excited about changing career after working with the Lloyds Banking Group for 15 years. Zoe’s main role is to help with the administration and support Richard and Ben to care for the deceased and families.
Kristina Burvill Ridler is an accredited counsellor based in Hove and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Kristina has had a long experience of dealing with Grief and Loss, and she is a Bereavement Counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care.
The Company Directors
James Whittle – Director and great grandson of the founder
James Whittle, Dip.FD, MBIFD, is the son of Leonard and Margaret Whittle (nee Bungard) and educated at Brighton College. James started with the Company in 1968, becoming a Director in 1971 and Company Secretary and joint Managing Director in 1973.
He gained a Diploma from the National Association of Funeral Directors in 1975. He is a founder member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors (formed in 1982).
James is married to Ann Whittle and lives in Henfield where he is a churchwarden at St Peter’s Church, and a Trustee of St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, 1996-2003, and again since 2008. He has been Honorary Treasurer at St Peter’s Church, since 2001 and Honorary Treasurer of Henfield Youth Club since 1997.
James has one other son Mark and three grandchildren. Two of which are twins like his mother and Auntie.
Rupert Bungard – Director and grandson of the founder
Rupert Hervey Bungard, Hervey Arnold’s son, joined the firm in 1970. He was educated at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. He became a Director of the firm in 1971. He was President of the Brighton, Hove and District Association of the National Association of Funeral Directors in 1979.
Rupert is a keen volunteer at the Blue Bell Railway and has for years helped his wife Pam look after rescued dogs at their home in Hove.