National Committee on Burial and Cremation


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The National Committee on Burial and Cremation was originally set up in 2014 as the National Committee on Infant Cremation, fulfilling a key recommendation of the Rt Hon. Lord Bonomy's Report of the Infant Cremation Commission.

The group was renamed in October 2016 following agreement that the majority of Lord Bonomy's recommendations had been implemented, and that the group should widen its scope.

The Committee is now overseeing the implementation of Dame Elish Angiolini's National Cremation Investigation recommendations, as well as wider burial and cremation developments set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

The Committee will meet two to three times per year.


Representative sector


Member name


Head of Health Protection Scottish Government

Gareth Brown


Senior Inspector of Burial, Cremation, and Funeral Directors

Robert Swanson QPM

Inspector of Burial, Cremation, and Funeral Directors Professor Gordon Findlater

Cremation Representative Organisations

Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)

Bill Stanley

Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)

Brendan Day

Burial Authority Representative Organisations

Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)

Ian Kearns

Local Authority and Private Burial and Cremation Representative Group

Scottish Bereavement Benchmarking Group (SBBG)

David MacColl

Funeral Director Representatives

National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)

John Williamson

Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

Jim Brodie

Local Authority Representative

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)

Pippa Milne

Private Crematorium & Cemeteries Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC) David Baxter

Bereavement Organisation

Sands Lothians

Nicola Welsh


NHS Education for Scotland

Helene Marshall

Heads of Midwifery

Aileen Lawrie

Parent Representative


Willie Reid

UK Administrations

Ministry of Justice, England and Wales

Glen Palmer

Faith Group Representatives

Interfaith Scotland

Trishna Singh

Scottish Government

Senior Medical Officer

Dr Mini Mishra

Legislation Team Leader

Cheryl Paris

Supporting Official

Katrina McNeill

Supporting Official

Ewan Walker



Burial, Cremation, Anatomy and Death Certification Team
Scottish Government
St Andrew's House (3EN)
Regent Road


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