About Barnes & Hicks Ltd
Mr R.E. Barnes (DIP FD) BACP
I started working in the funeral industry in 1991 through the very well established family business, this was run by my father and uncle and between them accumulated 89 years worth of experience. I received my diploma in 1996 with honours in the funeral trade. After this I trained for 4 years as a bereavement councillor.
Unfortunately the time came and both my father and uncle retired. I was unable to take over due to the size of the business, which was reluctantly sold onto a larger company. I decided the time was right for myself to start my own independent family run funeral directors and this is where Barnes and Hicks started.
Barnes & Hicks Independent Funeral Directors was established in October 1999. The Barnes family have been serving the community of West London since 1919. Ray Barnes wanted to continue the family tradition as an independent family funeral director.
His philosophy is to give the deceased and their families dignity and respect whether it’s the bereavement of an adult or child.
Barnes & Hicks believe in treating people with the upmost respect and in the way they would wish to be treated themselves.
The company works with families of all denominations and religious beliefs, this is something that Barnes & Hicks pride themselves on.
Barnes and Hicks are members of the following trade Associations and work within their guidelines.
The National Association of Funeral Directors
The Society of Allied Funeral Directors
The London Association of Funeral Directors
The LAFD Western District Funeral Directors
The Irish Association of Funeral Directors
They are Approved Funeral Plan providers of Golden Charter.
In 2002 Ray Barnes studied for a diploma in business studies and passed with accreditation. In 2008 The London Association of Funeral Directors asked Ray Barnes to join their executive committee which meets once a month to discuss all issues relating to the funeral industry.
In 2009 he was voted in by fellow professionals to become Chairman of the newly formed LAFD Western District Association of Funeral Directors.
His first meeting attracted 97 people this being a record for an association meeting.
He stepped down from the chairmanship in March 2010 and in April was voted in as Vice President of the London Association Funeral Directors.
In 2011 he was made President of the London Association of Funeral Directors. In the year of his presidency he worked closely with the Olympic committees on how funerals would operate during this period.
In 2013 he was awarded an honorary medal for his services to the funeral trade.