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The Team

Patrick Gallagher was awarded his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1971 and in 1975 he became a fully qualified embalmer and member of The British Institute of Embalmers. He is a past chairman of The Independent Funeral Directors College and is a Past National President of both The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) and The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). Sandy Gallagher is a trained bereavement counsellor and is able to offer advice and information as required.

Paul Bowley was born in Brighton; growing up in Woodingdean he attended Rudyard Kipling infants then Whitehawk Junior and Secondary schools. In 1980 Paul started work as a coffin maker with W A Stringer & Son in Kensington Gardens, G Newman in Trafalger Street and Frank Davey of Hurstpierpoint; He moved to Hassocks to establish Bowley Funeral Service in 1999. Paul is a member of the SAIF National Executive Committee, and will be their National President in 2017/2018. He is a governor of the Independent Funeral Directors College and a member of the Rotary Organisation since 1987.


Matthew Gallagher joined the family business in 2011, returning to West Sussex after living and working in London and Australia. Based in both Burgess Hill and Brighton, Matthew is involved in all aspects of the funeral business and is a qualified assessor and internal verifier for the Independent Funeral Directors College. Matthew is a member of the SAIF Charter Executive Committee, and is also the Registrar for Cuckfield and Walstead Cemeteries.

sueSue Vickery started to work closely with us when we opened our new premises in Burgess Hill in 2010. With a background in financial services, Sue is our Accounts Manager and Book Keeper. Sue also works closely with local families arranging funerals in Brighton and is a specialist advisor for Golden Charter Independent Way Funeral Plans.

Ann Woodhead joined the team at Bowley and Gallagher in Brighton in May 2016. She has lived in the area for over 20 years and has spent her whole career employed in caring organisations, both in supported housing and working in a London hospital. Ann is committed to supporting people during difficult times and feels privileged to work as Funeral Administrator helping families to arrange a funeral for a loved one.


Davina Docherty joined us in 2015, working closely with Patrick Gallagher and Paul on the stonemasonry side of the business. Davina previously worked for an American software company as their office manager. With her strong attention to detail and knowledge of administrative process, she is now training in administering stonemasonry. When she is not trekking around church yards and cemeteries, Davina is based in our office in Burgess Hill.


Mel Barnes is our highly valued resident embalmer. She is married with two children, whose arrival led to a career change and her studying at the London School of Embalming. Mel achieved the highest practical examination mark in the southern region at the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and was consequently awarded the Alan Sinclair Cup of the Trustees Award in 2010.

Everyone at Bowley and Gallagher is committed to continuing their professional development by attending regular educational seminars and embarking on a wide variety of relevant qualifications. We are a family owned business and a close knit team striving to offer the very best service to local people experiencing bereavement.

Name & Registered Office:

Sussex Family Funeral Directors Ltd,
RH16 4EA
Company No. 08950861

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