Location Manager and Funeral Director
Stu was born and bred in the Manawatu but has lived in Wellington for over a decade. He has already lived out two careers, first as a sharemilker and then as a Church Minister. Stu entered the funeral industry in 2019 where he loves being able to care for and assist grieving families through a difficult time. Stu is calm, flexible and listens well. Stu lives locally in Aro Valley with his wife and loves the sounds of the kākā and kererū as they fly about. He loves exploring Wellington's cafés as well as tasting craft beers and Single Malt Scotch Whiskys. Stu loves sports of which his highlight was travelling to Philadelphia to watch his beloved Philadelphia Eagles, the same season they won the Super Bowl.
Mary grew up in Dunedin but now calls Pōneke home. She came to funeral directing as a career change after over a decade in Communications. She loves being able to help people in a practical way, providing support and guidance, and making a difficult time a little bit easier. In her spare time Mary writes short stories and performs spontaneous theatre and stand-up comedy. She lives in central Wellington with her partner and their cat.
Originally from the UK, Kerry has been living in New Zealand for 16 years (after travelling across the world for almost a year to get here!). For the past few years she worked part-time in the funeral industry around Porirua and the wider Wellington region while also working as an in-home support career. In March 2022 Kerry joined the Lychgate team full time. She loves the variety of work where no two days are the same. Outside of work, Kerry is kept busy by five kids, three dogs and two cats. She enjoys live music and festivals, camping and road trips, and spending time with her fiancée Annie.
Naomi was born and bred in Tokoroa before moving to Wellington as a teenager. She has worked in hairdressing and hospitality, which have helped develop her eye for detail and multi-tasking skills. She plays netball and loves getting out on Wellington's walking tracks, as well as hitting the gym with her kids, and playing the guitar and ukelele. She joined the Lychgate team in 2023 and is excited to provide comfort and closure for families.
Administrator and Funeral Director’s Assistant
With a background in hospitality, plus two young children, KJ has finely honed organisational skills and an eye for the little details that make a big difference. She loves finding solutions for people and keeping our office running smoothly. She enjoys being able to support others and feels honoured to be part of a team providing compassion and guidance for the Wellington community. KJ is an avid reader, cake decorator, and candle maker. She also enjoys writing, and dabbling in concocting natural perfumes, balms and powders.