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Douch Family Funeral Directors Announces New Staff Appointments for Ferndown Branch 

In a strategic move aimed at enhancing its service offerings, the reputable Dorset-based funeral service firm, Douch Family Funeral Directors, announces two key appointments for its AE Jolliffe & Son branch in Ferndown. Leanne Adimi steps in as Senior Funeral Director and Community Engagement Officer, while Helen Dean joins as Office Administrator. 

Leanne brings a rich history with Douch Family Funeral Directors, having previously worked with the business in the 1990s. She now also lends her expertise to the Ives & Shand branch in Parkstone. After taking time to complete a degree and start a family, Leanne is eager to reconnect with the Douch family business. She said, “It’s incredible to see the growth of the Douch family business and the impressive facilities in Ferndown and Parkstone. I am committed to ensuring these resources are used optimally for community groups. Being an integral part of the local community is key for our business, and I am eager to drive our branches’ active involvement.” 

Helen brings her expertise from the alarms and access control sector, with a focus on working with the elderly—a skill set she believes will be invaluable in her new role. She added, “I’ve always desired a career in the funeral sector, and I am delighted to join a friendly, forward-looking group like Douch Family Funeral Directors.” 

“Leanne and Helen are exceptional additions to our team. They bring a wealth of practical and sector experience, and their local knowledge is a significant advantage. Recruiting the right individuals is crucial in our industry, as first impressions carry immense weight.”

Nick Douch
Managing Director of Douch Family Funeral Directors

With these new appointments, Douch Family Funeral Directors further underscores its commitment to offering professional, compassionate funeral services in Dorset. For more information about Douch Family Funeral Directors, please visit our website.



For more information contact Ed Baker on 07788393965 or [email protected] 


Note to editors: Douch Family Funeral Directors have been helping families with funeral arrangements for over 100 years. Branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Wimborne, Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Swanage, Blandford and Corfe Mullen. 


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