Charles is Principal Policy and Project Manager, Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW.
Charles has been with Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW since March 2016 and has worked in a number of senior governance and public policy roles in Local, State and Federal Government, the NSW Parliament and national peak industry bodies in superannuation and primary industries.
Bjørn Nansen is a member of the DeathTech Research Team, a group of anthropologists, social scientists, and human-computer interaction specialists based at the University of Melbourne working to understand the intersection of death, technology, and society in the 21st century.
There are many community groups in Greater Sydney that have no other option than to bury, however we are operating in an industry where availability of cemetery land is a critical concern and the rising cost of living is impeding end-of-life choices.
In the UK many families are facing funeral poverty. Here in Australia, we are starting to see the same trends. Families simply do not have the ability to cover the cost of their funeral services and if nothing changes, the problem will only get worse.
At Rookwood General Cemetery we are implementing strategies to resolve Sydney’s cemetery crises and ensure communities have access to equitable end-of-life services. This presentation will explore these strategies and present a vision for the cemetery industry of the future.
George Simpson is Chief Executive Officer of Rookwood General Cemetery. He commenced his career in the funeral industry in the 1980’s, initially taking on the role of Assistant Undertaker with the largest funeral provider in the UK, The Co-operative. There he spent his days washing hearses and trimming coffins, before transitioning into the roles of Funeral Director, Area Manager and Regional Manager.
In 2008 George moved to Australia, taking on the position of Shared Services Manager NSW with InvoCare. In this role, he oversaw improvements in service delivery, client satisfaction and operational efficiencies.
Since joining Rookwood General Cemetery, he has been instrumental in improving service delivery, implementing an effective stakeholder engagement program and developing a strategic plan focused on providing quality and affordable funeral services to the multicultural Sydney community.
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Mike is the Head of Operations, Infrastructure & Environment, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of South Australia (CCASA) and is a member on the Standards Australia Technical Committee BD-071, charged with the task of developing AS 4204 Headstones, Monuments and Commemorations.
Pamela will facilitate this conference memorialisation workshop.
Ex Vietnam veteran Rick McCarthy OAM, a dynamic and passionate full time volunteer, is the Founding Director and Chair of the innovative and highly successful Honour Our Fallen, organization.
Innovation & Disruption. In this session Robert Pitt will provide some insights into new and emerging technologies & practices in the cemetery industry.
After growing up within a cemetery from the age of seven Rodney entered the DeathCare industries in 1988 as a funeral director with Kenneth Maurer Funerals on Sydney’s lower North Shore.
Memorialisation, we hear it, we talk it, how are you doing it? Does it start with memories and trinkets whilst living, is it after death or two years later when a family agrees on the headstone? A discussion
Shawn has worked extensively with a number of cemeteries, both NSW and interstate, to assist with cemetery cost recovery.
Steffanie will share the upcoming priorities of CCNSW in the immediate and longer term. She will outline the strategic direction of the Board and agency which include:
Tara’s presentation will give the attendees a good overview of the historical and modern needs for embalming. She believes our community and our industry's perception of embalming may not align with the reality.
Tara will share her philosophy on embalming, how it relates to final disposition and her thoughts on the care of a body after death in different settings.
Yesterday we advised that video recordings of the speakers and presenters at the recent CCANSW Conference & Trade Exposition held in Parramatta, NSW, on 16-17 May 2019, were available online for members and their delegates to view and download.