Clive Pearson giving his first speech after been voted in as the National President of the British Institute of Funeral Directors for the United Kingdom.

It is a little known – and quite shocking – fact that anyone in the UK can set themselves up as a Funeral Director without any previous experience, training or qualifications. No licence is necessary.

The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) is aiming to end this state of affairs. They are the pre-eminent provider of education within the funeral profession; all BIFD members have achieved an appropriate level of professional training, and their Licence to Practice is only granted to professionals who follow the Institute’s requirements for annual Continuous Professional Development.

In October 2015 Clive Pearson became the National President of the institute which has nearly 700 members throughout the United Kingdom. He will be tasked with promoting the the institute and the qulafications it provides.