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Richard Steel & Partners are proud to be the longest established Family Owned Funeral Directors in Winchester, continuing four generations of vocational service to the local community since 1860. All Staff - August 2017 Iain & Richard Steel are ably assisted by qualified Funeral Directors John Barton-Rumbold, Chelsea Duke, Russ Taw and David Westbrook and backed by a highly dedicated team who are proud to continue the family's tradition with the emphasis on personal family care.

Iain Steel

Iain became the fourth generation of the Steel family to join the firm in 1988. A keen singer and actor he has appeared with several local societies. He is the European Group Secretary for Selected Independent Funeral Homes, President of Winchester Musicals & Opera Society, President of Winchester St John Ambulance (the third generation to hold this position), Chair of the Winchester Theatre Trust, the landlord trust of the Theatre Royal Winchester, having previously been Vice Chair of the Board of Live Theatre Winchester Trust. Iain was an Examiner for the National Association of Funeral Directors for 17 years. Married to Lisa, also a qualified Funeral Director, their daughter Katie is currently studying makeup for film TV & theatre at Pinewood Studios.

John Barton Rumbold

John is an experienced Funeral Director who has been working with the Steel family for over 20 years. He came to funeral directing after a senior management career in the retail sector. Living in the New Forest, John is a keen steam enthusiast and engineer who volunteers regularly with the Mid Hants Railway on the Watercress Line. John is also a Salisbury scout leader and enjoys holidays in Ireland with his wife.

Richard Steel BEM

Richard joined his father in 1962. A keen sportsman and singer. He is Chairman of the Winchester Working Men's Housing Society, a current Patron of the Theatre Royal, former Chairman of the Trustees of St. Johns Winchester Charity, a Past President of Winchester Operatic Society and former President of Winchester St John Ambulance. 2012 saw Richard celebrate his 50th year with the family firm and was awarded The Millennium Egg by Winchester City Council for his dedication to the City. In 2015 he was delighted to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the local community and charity in Winchester. Almost semi-retired, he enjoys his golf, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Chelsea Duke

Chelsea joined Richard Steel & Partners to train as a Funeral Director in 2010, after returning from a year living and working in New Zealand. Previously she had a career in HR Management, including many years with Hampshire County Council. She also chairs Winchester Bereavement Support, a local charity. Chelsea lives in Winchester, a city she loves, and enjoys cooking, good food, real ales and travel.

Stanley & Marjorie Steel

Stanley, joined his uncle in 1921, having spent 7 years of his early life in Treloars Hospital with TB, this left him with one leg slightly shorter than the other. With his focus on the local community, Stanley served on Winchester City Council for over 25 years, twice having the honour of being elected Mayor, he was a Justice of the Peace and former President of Winchester St John Ambulance. In 1971 he was elected President of The National Association of Funeral Directors. Our premises in City Road are named Alderman House in his memory.

Russ Taw

Russ previously worked at Wessex Vale Crematorium and qualified as a Funeral Director after working for Richard Steel & Partners for the last two years. Russ lives in Stubbington and is a keen Portsmouth football supporter. With a young family, Russ’ spare time is often occupied with keeping the children entertained, but as a former professional baker he enjoys cooking and baking.

John Steel

John was indentured to Frederick Savage, the Winchester builder and undertaker, as a young boy for the princely sum of one shilling per week, rising to five shillings per week after five years. His framed hand written Apprenticeship Indentures are displayed on the wall at Alderman House, City Road.

David Westbrook

David qualified as a Funeral Director in 1998, and has subsequently worked for Richard and Iain in a number of different roles. He lives in Winchester with his wife and son, is a keen golfer and cricketer, having played for Hursley Park CC & The Hampshire Hogs and also plays Winchester League table tennis. Music is another of David’s passions – he is frontman for his band and also tours annually to sing with the Keble Choir.

The majority of the team that work with Iain & Richard have been with them for many years and pride themselves in offering the highest level of service to Winchester and the wider community of Hampshire through their 24 hour commitment to dedicated family care.

Lads - August 2017