BRETT Heritage from the family-owned and operated funeral directors Heritage Brady has been elected as the Queensland branch president for the nation’s peak body, the Australian Funeral Directors Association.
Heritage Brady Funeral Directors has been locally owned and operated since 1981 under Chris and Kaylene Heritage before the second generation joined the ranks.
For the past few decades, the business has been providing the best level of funeral service available and that standard has been carried over to Brett and his wife Cher.
Brett been involved with AFDA overall for about 15 years and been an executive member for just over a decade in roles such as junior vice-president, senior vice-president, a stint as treasurer and now president.
Mr Heritage is reprising his role as president after a short stint just a few years ago but he is still just as honoured to be elected to the role a second time.
“I consider this an extreme privilege to represent our fellow industry colleagues in a peak organisation,” he said.
Funeral directors rely on the AFDFA organisation for direction, guidance and assistance and members of the public can feel assured that when choosing a funeral director that is a member, they will be well looked after.
“Our main role is to be there for our members and support them through certain challenges that may emerge,” Mr Heritage said.
“We are here to promote professional funeral standards and to make sure our members are upholding those standards.
“This gives families peace of mind that if they choose a funeral director that is part of the AFDA, they will abide by a certain code of ethics and standards.”
Over 70 per cent of funeral directors across Australia are members of the AFDA and for the recent Queensland AGM, the national president Kelly Scott was in attendance.
Brett took over the role of president from Matt Hanson of InvoCare in Brisbane, vowing to uphold the standards that AFDA have presented for decades.
“We’ve got a completely new executive committee so it is good to be able to be the president and help guide them through,” he said.
“There is new blood, new ideas and new people to move forward with the modern times.”