About Co-op Funeral Plans Limited

Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral provider for funerals and pre-paid plans. Co-op Funeral Plans Limited provides our Co-op funeral plans and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

A funeral plan is the easy way to arrange and pay for your funeral in advance, giving you comfort in knowing that costs are covered. It lets you choose how you want to be remembered which can remove any uncertainty your loved ones may have about your final wishes.

Meet our Board members

Our Board is made up of 3 non-executive members and one executive members.

Joanne Hindle - Board Chair

Joanne joined the Board as Chair on 1 May 2022.

Skills and experience

Joanne has extensive experience of UK regulated businesses having worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years.

Joanne originally trained as a lawyer specialising in commercial law. Her Executive career included roles as Corporate Services Director at Unum Limited and Director of Pensions Development at NatWest Life.

Joanne is currently Chair of Stafford Railway Building Society and a Non-Executive Director of Bank of London and Middle East where she also chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Her previous Non-Executive roles include Chair of the Holmesdale Building Society and Chair of Shepherds Friendly Society.

Sam Tyrer - MD and Executive Director

Sam is an Executive Director having joined Co-op as Managing Director, Co-op Funeralcare in 2019.

Skills and experience

Sam has extensive experience of the UK retail sector gained from a career spanning over 30 years. Prior to joining the Co-op Sam’s roles included CEO at American Golf, MD Countrywide UK, MD Dixons Carphone and various senior positions at HMV.

Sam has a track record of delivering complex transformation programmes and creating value through a focus on the customer, digital transformation and cost and operational optimisation.

Gary Dewin - Non-Executive Director

Gary joined the Board on 6 June 2022.

Skills and experience

Gary has worked at the Co-op for nearly 20 years, most recently as People Director where he has responsibilities for Reward, Pensions, Employee Relations & Wellbeing. Gary also holds a number of subsidiary directorships at the Co-op.

Gary is currently Chair of the Governors for The Co-operative Academy of Leeds.

Ian Cordwell - Independent Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Board Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee

Ian joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 6 June 2022.

Skills and experience

Ian has over 30 years of experience of UK regulated businesses having spent his Executive career within the retail financial services sector covering life & pensions, general insurance and retail credit. Ian’s previous roles included Finance Director and subsequently Chief Investment Officer at Police Mutual and numerous c-suite roles at Liverpool Victoria.

Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director at Redmayne Bentley where he chairs their Audit Committee and he is also Chair of the Audit Committee at NPA Insurance Limited. Ian was previously a Non-Executive at Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust.

Our awards and ratings

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Our Silver and Gold Funeral Plans have both received the coveted 5 Star Rating from Fairer Finance.

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For 5 years running, our Gold Funeral Plan has been given a 5 Star Rating by Defaqto.

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Moneynet has recognised us as being the Best Funeral Plan Provider for the last 5 years.