Trustees

John Mallatratt
Dr John Mallatratt had a career in education (secondary, university and overseas) before making a significant career change in 1996 to jointly set up a new type of funeral director – Peace Funerals. The company was established with the aim of extending funeral choices to families, helping them create funerals that are special and personally significant. Amongst other things, Peace Funerals became pioneers in woodland burial, the development of willow coffins, and bespoke funeral plans. They established the Ethical Funeral Plans Trust which is now an independent body. John has a partner and a son.
Geoffrey Holmes

Revd Dr Geoff Holmes worked as a curate in Rotherham and a Vicar in Barnsley between 1992 and 2005. He then spent some years working in schools, for the NSPCC, and independently as a funeral celebrant. He completed a PhD in the Faculty of Engineering at Sheffield University in 2013 and has since worked in various departments of the university applying mathematical models to biological and engineering problems and more recently as a modeller in the area of health economics and decision science. Geoff has four children and enjoys running, cycling and playing tennis.

Carl Taylor
Carl Taylor has worked as an independent funeral celebrant since 2013 after training with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Previously, he worked as an operatic tenor both in the UK and abroad after receiving a diploma in performance (specialising in vocal production) and training with a private vocal coach. He also worked part time alongside his musical activities for his agent as a computer aided designer. Carl still enjoys music, writing and playing a variety of instruments at his home studio in Handsworth, Sheffield where he lives with his partner and their 3 chickens.
Robert Watson

Robert Watson FCA has worked in accountancy and taxation for over 20 years. He joined Gibson Booth as an accounts trainee, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and progressing through the firm’s ranks to Managing Director in 2014.  He has vast experience of business and financial matters with a passion for providing high quality professional support and advice to local businesses. Robert loves all things sport, prefers playing to watching , enjoys running and walking his dogs in his spare time. Robert is married with two daughters.