Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland funeral director appointed president of UK body

Honoured: David Capper
Honoured: David Capper

By Christine Carrigan

A Dunmurray funeral director has been made national president of the British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD).

David Capper was installed in October.

He will be responsible for representing the funeral directors of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England in meetings across the UK.

The announcement was made following a BIFD conference and banquet in October, which was held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

Mr Capper previously held the position of vice president in the organisation.

He said he had always been interested in becoming a funeral director and got his opportunity aged 19 at Holmes of Dungannon.

Mr Capper opened Elwood & Capper Independent Funeral Directors with business partner Brian Elwood in 2005.

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Two years ago, he completed the British Institute of Funeral Directors diploma.

There have recently been calls for the introduction of professional qualifications across the industry to protect standards.

In Scotland, the law is being changed to require a professional qualification, something that Mr Capper believes Northern Ireland will be following suit with in the near future.

He said: "Being installed as the president of the BIFD is an honour.

"I will do my very best to uphold all that the institute stands for and believes in during my time in office.

"I have always had an interest in the funeral business. It wasn't a morbid fascination - it just something that I really wanted to do."

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