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Welcome to the registration site for the National Association of Funeral Directors', Annual Conference 2017.

Ticket information can be found at the top of this page whilst further information relating to the AGM, Annual Conference itinerary and Social Programme as well as Accommodation can be found towards the end of this page.

We look forward to seeing you in Brighton in May.

NAFD Annual Conference 2017
Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 May 2017

National Association of Funeral Directors

NAFD Annual Conference  Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 May 2017...

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Fee VAT Quantity
Welcome Reception (Thursday 4 May; Evening)
To include welcome refreshments and food
£24.00 £0.00 £4.80
Conference Opening remarks (Friday 5 May; AM only)
Caroline Nokes MP will open the NAFD Annual Conference 2017
Free £0.00 £0.00
Annual General Meeting with lunch
To include entry to the NAFD AGM, as well as a minimum of two servings of tea, coffee and snacks, plus buffet lunch
£28.80 £0.00 £5.76
Delegate Partners' excursion (Friday 5 May)
To include entry to the Royal Pavilion, a private 45 minute tour, two-course lunch and a glass of fizz. Transport will also be provided if necessary
£50.00 £0.00 £10.00
Brighton Pier Drinks Reception & Dinner (Friday 5 May)
To include arrival drink, canapes and two-course sit-down meal, with allocation of half a bottle of wine per person
£45.00 £0.00 £9.00
Conference (all day Saturday 6 May), inc lunch and refreshments
To include entry to NAFD Annual Conference, featuring guest speakers: well-being expert Philip McCrea, Chief Coroner His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, Lacy Robinson, of the US National Funeral Directors' Association. Also included are three servings of tea, coffee and snacks, conference room refreshments and hot and cold buffet lunch
£30.00 £0.00 £6.00
Grand Banquet and Ball Dinner and Drinks Reception (Saturday evening 6 May)
To include arrival drink, four-course meal with allocation for half a bottle of wine per person, after dinner coffees, midnight hot snacks and evening entertainment
£65.00 £0.00 £13.00
Conference Closing Ceremony (Sunday 7 May)
To include entry to Annual Conference Closing Ceremony at which the NAFD President and Vice Presidents for 2017/18 will be installed
Free £0.00 £0.00

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The National Asosiation of Funeral Directors' Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting is the highlight of the funeral profession's year and 2017's event is set to be no exception!

The 2017 Annual Conference is due to take place in Brighton, at the famous Grand Hotel.  Year on year the Conference challenges perceptions, tackles hard hitting subjects and acts as an invaluable platform for NAFD members to network with corporate partners, colleagues and associates.  The NAFD are thrilled to be joined by a number of high profile members of the funeral industry over the course of our Annual Conference and to kick off proceedings, the morning of Friday, May 5 will be opened by Caroline Nokes MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Welfare Delivery shortly followed by the Annual General Meeting which will feature debates on key issues affecting the funeral profession.

During the AGM, we appreciate that not all of our members are eligable to vote and that some attend the weekend with their partners, therefore, we are hosting a 'delegate partners' excursion' during this period.  Should you wish to partake in this, please confirm your tickets in the 'tickets section'.

Friday night is set to be a whirlwind of candy floss, dodgems and fresh Brighton sea air!

Saturday’s programme of guest speakers includes the new Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC, and all the way from the US Lacy Robinson, the National Funeral Directors’ Association’s (NFDA) Director of Member Development.

In addition to a packed and exciting business agenda we are pleased to be once again hosting our prestigious Grand Banquet and Ball on the Saturday night.  This will take place at the Grand Hotel and with the entertainment planned you are sure to be dancing the night away.  Please note, that donations to the President's chosen charity will be taken on the night, as well as a silent auction taking place.

Sunday sees the close of the Conference with the historic act of Presidential hand over.

Delegates are encouraged to book their accommodation for the weekend by calling the Grand Hotel on 01273 224 300 and quoting NAFD040517 or NAFD Conference 2017.  Accommodation is pre-payable and none refundable.

Please note that the negotiated NAFD delegate rate is inclusive of full English and Continental breakfast per room per night and use of the hotel gym.  Due to a 46-week refurbishment of the exterior of the hotel, sea view rooms will be affected by scaffolding.  To reflect this, all types of room are available at the inland room rate of £125.00 + VAT single occupancy, £145.00 + VAT double occupancy.

Overview of the Itinerary:

NB: Timings are an approximation

Thursday 4 May 

7:30pm: Early bird social event 

Friday 5 May 

8:30am: Refreshments and Registration

9:00am: Conference Opening to commence

9:45am: Annual General Meeting to commence

1:00pm: Lunch Break

2:00pm: Annual General Meeting to re-commence

4:30pm: Annual General Meeting to close

7:00pm: Social Function

Saturday 6 May

8:30am: Refreshments and Registration

9:00am: Conference to commence

9:05am: Education Session

Tackling stress at work: A modern approach

Philip McCrea MD BHSF Occupational Health

10:15am: Education Session

His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft, QC - Chief Coroner

11:00am: Refreshment break

11:25am: Education Session

12:10pm: Connecting with the World’s Most Powerful Consumer

Lacy Robinson, National Funeral Directors’ Association Director of Member Development

1:15pm: Conference to close with lunch

6:00pm: Drinks Reception

7:00pm: Grand Banquet and Ball

Midnight: Carriages

Sunday 7 May

10:00am: Refreshments and Registration

10:30am: Installation of Offices for 2017/2018

12:30pm: Conference close


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest National Car Park (NCP) is directly behind the hotel on Russell Road which has over 500 spaces and is available to delegates attending the NAFD Annual Conference at a reduced rate of £15.00 per 24 hours (normally £30.00).  There is no requirement to pre-book parking.  When checking out, guests are simply required to present their car parking ticket to reception, where staff will provide a replacement ticket at the reduced rate.

Please visit the hotels website for further information on transport links:

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Kirsti Tomkinson, Business Manager on 0121 711 1343 ext 1009 or email

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable, unless authorised by the NAFD head office.

Do you have questions about NAFD Annual Conference 2017 Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 May 2017 ? Contact National Association of Funeral Directors

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The Grand Brighton
97 - 99 King's Road
BN1 2FW Brighton
United Kingdom


National Association of Funeral Directors

With more than 4,000 funeral homes in membership, the National Association of Funeral Directors is the largest trade association for the funeral profession. The association supports bereaved people and its members in four key areas: funeral home standards, funeral director education, representation and membership benefits.

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