Born and raised in Erdington, Ian has dedicated over 30 years of his life caring for the bereaved of Birmingham. In 2017, understanding the need for transparency and integrity within the funeral profession, Ian used his wealth of knowledge to open Ian Skett Funeral Services.
With large chain companies becoming increasingly visible and many funeral directors diverting their base to focus on other areas, Ian Skett Funeral Services are at present the only independent and fully operational funeral directors based in Erdington. Despite this, Ian is available to provide his services not just to his local community but also countrywide.
Ian’s level of experience puts him in the unique position as one of the only funeral directors in the country to have worked in specialised funeral care from the first arrangement through to the final act of committal, whether it be burial or cremation.
Ian began his career in 1989, working for A. Hazel and Sons and E.F Edwards in Erdington, both of which are now part of larger chain companies. Beginning in an entry-level position, Ian worked his way up to become a funeral director, arranging and conducting many family funerals in and around Birmingham.
Ian’s passion for the funeral industry grew and in 2004, he moved to Birmingham City Council’s Bereavement Services to increase his experience and knowledge in the ‘other side’ of his profession. Ian was responsible for organising and conducting services and dealing with the very final act of committal in the form of burial or cremation. As a foreperson and trainer within Bereavement Services, Ian developed his awareness of the Birmingham City Council cemeteries and crematoria sites and became a recognised and qualified trainer for the section, qualifying as a cremator technician in 2005.
Ian Skett Funeral Services opened in 2017 where Ian employed the assistance of his family, friends and late father, renovating the funeral home completely to ensure it provides the most safe and comfortable surroundings to those who visit. Ian is experienced in all fields, from large scale celebrations of life to intimate family ceremonies and is SAIF registered, ensuring families receive a truly independent service. More recently, he carried out services for both of his parents. This entire new understanding of bereavement only contributes toward his strife to provide the highest-quality, dignified service to the families he meets. Ian ensures he is available in person to share his knowledge and experience with those bereaved, making personalised arrangements for your loved one and ensuring they are remembered with dignity and respect.
“I feel truly privileged to be able to serve my local community and surrounding area within the funeral home I personally built with my father, family and friends. I am now available to guide you, ‘Hand in Hand, Step by Step’, through this most difficult of times and beyond.” – Ian