Meet Our Team

The Coles Team

Independent and family-run, our award-winning team is dedicated to serving Cardiff’s diverse community.

Our core team is made up of funeral directors, funeral operatives, family support staff, chauffeurs and bearers, all of whom are trained to high industry standards set by the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Gareth Coles

Managing Director

With many years of experience within the funeral industry Gareth recognises that families need professional guidance with an empathetic approach. It is with this in mind that Gareth has set customer service levels at his extremely high expectations and truly has embedded his personal values within the business ethos.

Francesca Coles

Head of Communications

Francesca is responsible for all internal and external communications and ensuring that our core values, customer focus and role as a community-aligned business are embedded in everything that we do.

Claire Robertson

Operations Manager

Claire is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the business: from customer care and quality standards to internal management of staff and suppliers.

Steven Long

Principal Funeral Director

A firm favourite with our customers because of his natural empathy with bereft families, Steven joined the Coles team as a funeral operative and is now our Principal Funeral Director.

Angela Thomas

Assistant Manager & Funeral Director

Passionate about supporting families through their grief, and ensuring the send-off she arranges for their loved one is perfect in every way, Angela is now our Assistant Manager & Funeral Director.

Marc Thomas

Team Leader

Marc is responsible for the management of our operational hub, funeral fleet and the line management of our Funeral Operative team. Marc’s meticulous attention to detail means that our back of house operations effectively support the delivery of a streamlined service, The Coles Way.

Family Support Team

With you every step of the way from initial contact to after care, Coles’ experienced family support team offer personal guidance and trusted support. Their empathy knows no bounds, and they will help you to navigate this difficult time with bereavement support, funeral arrangements and much more, all tailored to you and your loved one.

Nikki Greenslade

Alex Coles

Jude Davies

Sheree Gentles

Imogen Reyez

Susan Hughes

Rebecca Hughes

Funeral Operatives

As the first point of contact with Coles and your professional companions on the day of the funeral, our funeral operatives ensure that our families and their loved ones get the send-off they deserve. No detail is too small, and they’ll help to alleviate the stress on the day so that you can focus on saying goodbye.

Laura Chandler

Ian Campbell

Richard Jennings

Paul Willis

Mike Samways

Adam Rowe

Jen Daye

Brad Turner

Our Locations


792-794 Newport Road,


2-4 Heathwood Road,
CF14 4XE


98 Cardiff Rd,

Careers at Coles Funeral Directors

At Coles Funeral Directors, we pride ourselves on being the most professional, independent, family run funeral directors serving Cardiff’s diverse community – and we are the first funeral business in Wales to have been accredited by the independent body, The Good Funeral Guide. We couldn’t do this without the support of our exceptional team. That’s where you come in…