Our Team

James Drury

James Drury

Funeral Director

James joined the funeral industry in 2017, having worked in the ambulance service for 15 years. His roles previous to these have always been people focused.

Having a father in the forces, James lived in various places around the world as he grew up, including Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, before settling on the Isle of Wight.

He moved to Oxfordshire in 1997, but is looking forward to moving to Moreton-in-Marsh very soon. 

James has a wide range of interests, including watching Formula 1, visiting and researching archeological and historical sites and reading crime thrillers. He also enjoys travelling around the UK and going on cruise holidays.

He has acquired a number of varied professional and vocational qualifications during his previous roles, including a Diploma in the Principles of End of Life Care, and is currently working towards his Diploma in Funeral Directing.

Having studied aeronautical engineering at university, James is also able to ‘turn his hand’ to solving most practical problems and is skilled at fixing computers and other electronic devices. He is also reasonably adept at numerous DIY tasks, and completely renovated his current home.

Henry Oakes

Henry Oakes

Funeral Director

Henry joined Allen & Son in 2020, having been in the profession since 2014.

Henry gained his certificate in Funeral Services in 2015 after working across Devon and Cornwall. He went on to complete his Diploma in Funeral Services the following year. Later, in 2016 he moved to Pershore and completed his Diploma in Funeral Arrangement and Administration. During 2019 he gained experience across the world by working and visiting funeral homes in Scotland, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

Henry is a rugby enthusiast and has supported Worcester Warriors and played from a very young age. He also enjoys live music events and history.

Diane Drury

Diane Drury

Office Manager

Diane's role includes meeting with families to discuss funeral arrangements, offering guidance, support and advice, assisting funeral directors, and overseeing the day to day running of our office.

Diane joined the funeral profession in 2015 after a 30 year career in banking. Originally from Staffordshire, moving to Northamptonshire in 1989, and then to Oxfordshire in 2008. Having worked in Moreton-in-Marsh for over a year, she has grown to love the local area, and is soon moving to live in Moreton.

In her spare time she loves to visit castles and cathedrals and got bitten by the “cruising bug” in 2018, where she can often be found, cocktail in hand, gazing out to sea.