Our Team

Meet our experienced and professional team of funeral directors who are here to help your family throughout the funeral arrangements. They share our family values and strive to carry out our clients’ wishes to the highest standards with compassion, respect and openness at all times.


Our Funeral Directors

With a wealth of over 80 years experience our funeral directors will be there to guide you through the funeral arrangements – from your initial meeting to the day of the funeral and beyond.

Neil Birks Dip FD MBIE LMBIFD Funeral Director

Neil BirksI suppose you could say that I have been involved with T.W. Birks & Son Ltd. from a very early age, working with my Father in the Joiner’s shop when we used to make our own coffins. I learned to drive at the tender age of 12 in the yard at the Funeral Home, I was subsequently able to pass my driving test shortly after turning 17.   At the age of 17 I started as an Engineering apprentice, but on an evening went to Leeds to learn Embalming. At the age of 21 I fulfilled a long time ambition to drive heavy goods vehicles and I did this for the next 20 years. I started working full time for T.W. Birks & Son Ltd. in April 1994 and at my Father’s request quickly gained qualifications as an Embalmer in May 1996. I got my Diploma in Funeral Directing in November 1996 and was admitted to the British Institute of Funeral Directors in February 1997.   I get a great deal of satisfaction out of helping people in their time of need and have made many friends and formed lasting relationships over the years. I am proud to carry on the tradition of Funeral Directing which was started by my Grandfather Thomas Wilfred Birks.   I was elected captain of Meltham Golf Club in 2009 and still enjoy playing golf.

Ian Waterhouse Dip FD Funeral Director

Ian WaterhouseI was born and brought up in Marsden and went to Colne Valley High School. After leaving school I started work at Beaumont Brothers Garage, Meltham achieving City and Guilds qualifications in Vehicle Body Repair, working up to be their Qualified Estimator and Body Shop Foreman.

Beaumont’s did repairs for T. W. Birks & Son Ltd. to keep their fleet of cars pristine, during this time I built up a relationship with the Birks family and Geoffrey Birks suggested I work for him when Beaumont’s closed. I started work for T. W. Birks & Son Ltd. in 2007 and have since achieved my foundation certificate and diploma in Funeral Directing. I have been married since 1990 and have three sons. I have strong family values and take a great pride in my work.

 Fiona Newton (nee Birks) Funeral Director and Managing Director

Fiona NewtonI am the grand-daughter of the founder, Thomas Wilfred Birks, and have been involved with different aspects of the business throughout my life.

After leaving school, I trained and achieved the City and Guilds Diploma in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and went on to work in leading salons across Huddersfield and Manchester for over 25 years. I am responsible for the administration, organising and conducting of funerals. I am also managing director of the company involved with many aspects of the running of the business. I also use my previous hair and beauty experience in the natural preparation of people for viewing. I enjoying bringing fresh ideas into the business and working with families to arrange dignified funerals that are unique and a true reflection of their life and family. I am specially trained and experienced in funerals for babies and children, funerals involving children and deaths caused by suicide. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.