All about us


Founded in 1990, we are an independent family funeral firm. Providing a caring, professional and worry-free service is our vocation, not just our business.

Being an independent funeral director means we can concentrate on meeting the needs of our customer, not the business targets set by a far-off corporate head office.

We recognise that our customers are individuals and each will have their own ways of coping with bereavement. By listening and offering advice and guidance we believe we can help with many of the organisational tasks which have to be carried out at the time of a death.

We have offices in Chelmsford, Braintree, South Woodham Ferrers, Burnham-on-Crouch, Hullbridge and Maldon from where we cover the majority of South East Essex.

Many of our customers ask to see us in their homes to arrange a funeral or to discuss their monumental masonry or prepayment needs - which we will always do at their convenience. Similarly should someone wish to visit a loved one we have a Chapel of Rest at every office and will arrange for you to visit at a mutually convenient time.

If you have any questions after reading this the information on our website or simply want some advice, please ring us or call in to our offices. We will always do our best to help.

What our clients say about us

Our Team

Paul J King

Managing Director

Having founded the business in 1990, I opened my first office in South Woodham Ferrers in 1995 after several years of providing trade services to other local Funeral Directors. It has been an immense privilege to look after the loved ones of so many bereaved families over the years and to develop the business as it stands today.

Taking great pride in every part of the funeral, both before the day and after it is important that each family receives exceptional service.

I am a perfectionist when it comes to conducting a funeral as each of us want to get things right for the family on the day, something my entire team pride themselves in too.

Outside work I get involved with many charity-based organisations and currently sit on seven different committees.

Being an active Freemason in both Essex and London I have been Master of three different Lodges including Acacia Lodge No 3436 - the Funeral Directors Lodge. For the Centenary year of the National Association of Funeral Directors I was Chairman for the Essex and Suffolk region. I am a serving member of the Rotary Club of South Woodham Ferrers and was elected President in 2008/9.

Beyond these I enjoy spending time with my partner Sarahjane and our children on our small holding where we have pigs, sheep, chickens and Dexter Cattle.

Margaret Bone

Company Director and Secretary

As Paul’s mother, I have always taken an interest in the business but in 1999 having retired from a career in Education, I agreed to take a temporary part-time role at our Chelmsford Office. That part-time job soon turned into a full-time permanent position!

Having become involved in the business, and very much enjoying the role, I undertook Bereavement Training with CRUSE Bereavement Care in 2001. That same year I, together with our other members of staff, achieved the NAFD Foundation Certificate in Funeral Administration.

I then continued to study for the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, which I passed in 2003. With a background in education and much training in bereavement care, I started a weekly Bereavement Support Group in South Woodham Ferrers in 2001 and in Burnham-on-Crouch in 2003, which I continue to facilitate.

I was proud to achieve the Foundation Degree in Funeral Services from Bath University in 2011 after three most enjoyable and inspiring years.

During the better weather and when I have time, I do enjoy golf.

Corinne Cadey


I have been in the funeral profession since 2006 working for Corporate Funeral Directors, and Independent Family Funeral Directors. I am very passionate about this profession and always strive to offer exceptional service to the families that we care for.

I started off as an Embalmer in 2007 and worked my way up to become a Funeral Director in 2011. I have undertaken my Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Arranging within this time. I am part of the committee for the Southern region of the British Institute of Embalmers. Also, a member of Effective Business Networking in Great Baddow and Braintree. I have held training sessions for the nursing staff within our local Nursing Homes to assist them in caring for your loved ones at their time of need.

When I am not working, I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and always thinking of exciting adrenalin events to participate in. Such as sky diving for charity and a few trips a year to theme parks.

Martin Holden

Funeral Arranger / Administrator / Conductor

My family have lived in South Woodham Ferrers for over one hundred years. Both my Father and Grandfather were involved in the funeral profession at a time when the village builder was traditionally the undertaker.

I followed a career in engineering, before I joined Paul J King Funeral Directors in 2003, initially as a Driver/Bearer. I studied for and gained my Foundation Certificate in Funeral Service in 2006.

My normal role within the company is as a Funeral Administrator at the Maldon office but I also work in the South Woodham Ferrers office and, when required, as a Driver/Bearer. I also conduct funerals.

Lesley Nottage

Funeral arranger / Administrator

I have worked in the Paul J King Funeral Directors South Woodham Ferrers branch since 2010. 

I have lived in South Woodham for thirty five years, having moved here from the East End where I was born and bred, I am very proud of my 'Cockney roots'. I have two grown sons as well as a granddaughter and grandson. I trained as a nurse back in the 1980's and worked in Theatre and Surgical departments.

My hobbies outside of work are quite diverse, I am an avid Spurs fan and have been since I was 14. I also love Formula 1 racing and cross stitch.

Sharon Chapman

Funeral Arranger / Administrator

I grew up in Maldon attending Plume School, met and married a local lad, Bryan. We have two children, both now grown up. I worked in a bank in Maldon High Street for 25 years before becoming a funeral arranger for Paul J King Funeral Directors, where I have now worked since June 2012. 

Working as a funeral arranger I feel I can help bereaved families at a very sad time in their lives. Arranging a funeral for loved ones can be a difficult thing to do, but I hope I contribute in a positive way.

When I am not working I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, reading and swimming.

Kate Livings

Funeral Arranger / Administrator

I have worked for Paul J King Funeral Directors since 2015 after being made redundant from an accounts position after 20 years. I first began working in our Chelmsford office but am now pleased to be working closer to home in our Braintree office. 

My job role is very interesting and gives me the satisfaction of being able to help families to organise the best possible funeral for their loved ones and, also being able to take part in many community events.

I have a very busy life outside of work, with a husband of nearly 40 years, three grown up children and four amazing grandchildren. They all keep me young at heart. 

Playing the Baritone in our local brass band is a passion of mine, and we play in many concerts and charity events throughout the year. Keeping fit is also very important to me and I am proud to have completed the London Half Marathon, The London Moon Walk and many 10k and 5k runs, not forgetting the all famous Maldon Mud Race.

Denise Moret

Funeral Arranger / Administrator

I have been working for Paul J King Funeral Directors since June 2016 and have now fulfilled my lifetime ambition of working within the funeral profession. Becoming a funeral arranger is something I find very rewarding as I am there to support and advise families in their time of need. I have completed the Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration with the London Association of Funeral Directors.

I have two grown up sons. In my spare time I enjoy watching Spurs on TV as I am a huge fan. I also enjoy reading as well as spending time with my family and friends.

Nicola Cocks

Funeral Arranger / Administrator

I joined Paul J King Funeral Directors Hullbridge branch in August 2015. During this time I have gained distinction in my Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration.

As part of my role I meet clients and discuss their funeral requirements. I also liaise with third parties to ensure a smooth running of the funeral arrangements.

I grew up in Hullbridge and now live here with my husband and our two children. While I was at college, I worked in the local Co-op supermarket and the Anchor before going on to work at a bank in Southend in their customer services and operations departments.

In my spare time you'd find me standing on the side of a football pitch, cheering on my son and his team, or supporting my daughter with her dancing lessons. I also try to go swimming or to the gym on a weekly basis, and enjoy a film or book in the evenings.

Tracey Bebbington

funeral arranger / Administrator

I have worked for Paul J King Funeral Directors in the Burnham-on-Crouch office since March 2018 and adore my job.

I have lived in the Dengie for 15 years with my husband, two children and two dogs. I feel that being a part of the community really helps put people at ease when they first come into my office as it is a familiar face that greets them. I also feel that if I can make a family member smile on their darkest of days, I have made a difference.

I love walking my dogs, baking (when I have the time) and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Wendy Price

Funeral Arranger / Administrator

I've always wanted to work in the funeral profession and after several years off raising my three sons and working as a school cook, I've finally achieved my goal! To be able to help people through their bleakest of times and tailor a bespoke farewell to their loved ones is a real privilege.

I enjoy a busy family life with my husband, sons and pets. In the little free time I have, I love going to the cinema, binge watching crime boxsets, reading, walking my dog and socialising with my friends.

Sandy Hickman

funeral arranger / Administrator

I joined the team at Paul J King Funeral Directors in 2020 as a Funeral Arranger / Administrator, a career I have always wanted do.

I work part time in the Braintree Office. I love my role as a funeral arranger as helping people is something I enjoy, especially as I worked in retail for the past 11 years.

In my free time I enjoy painting and drawing, I can spend hours doing a painting. I also love spending my free time with my partner and our beagle, Shelby and our cat, Charlie.

Ashleigh Greenwood


I joined Paul J King Funeral Directors after moving to the Heybridge area in August 2020.

Before this I was travelling Asia, New Zealand and working in Australia.

Since moving back to England, I have decided to try a career change and was lucky enough to be given this opportunity by Paul King as the administrator in the Maldon head office.

In my spare time I like socialising with friends, visiting my family, running and Pilates.

Kyle Townsend


I joined Paul J King Funeral Directors in February 2019.

I have spent the last 9 years working as a care assistant and a senior care assistant focusing on the care of the elderly, palliative, end of life care and bereavement.

In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at Wibblers brewery, playing on the computer and enjoying a pint.

Steve Barbrooke


I have been working for Paul J King since July 2020.

For the previous 20 years I managed large Residential mobile home and Holiday Caravan parks. Then I decided I wanted a career change into the funeral industry and was lucky enough to be given this opportunity by Paul King.

I believe I am kind and compassionate and want to be able to give people's loved ones the care they deserve. I have a large family and I believe in strong family values.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my children. I volunteer at Volunteer Matters in Southend working with vulnerable families. I am captain of a local pool team, enjoy live music, and taking my German Shepherd to dog shows...of which she has won several. 

I was in a marching band for over 20 years and was a proud Cornet player which I dust off now and then for special occasions. 


Our Offices

We have offices conveniently located in Braintree, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Hullbridge, Maldon and South Woodham Ferrers. From these locations we provide services to the whole of Essex.

For details of each office including their address, phone number, email address and Google map location, please visit our offices page, or click on the map below

Our Office Locations

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