Our Team

Henry Oakes

Henry Oakes

Funeral Director

Henry joined A.L. Sole & 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.

Originally from the Worcestershire/Shropshire border, Henry has relocated to Chipping Norton since joining A.L. Sole & Son, to become part of the community.

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.

Sarah Pretorius

Sarah Pretorius

Financial Administration

Sarah joined A.L Sole & Son in 2015, after having spent 12 years in the Care industry.

Sarah’s varied role in the company includes all financial administration, invoicing and processing donations. Any financial queries will be passed to Sarah. Sarah is also very involved in the day to day running of the business assisting the funeral directors, meeting with visitors and preparing for funerals. Sarah is a Chipping Norton resident. She is married with three young children who take up most of her time with their numerous sports.

James MacDowall-Scott

Funeral Director

James joined us in 2021 and works alongside Henry conducting and arranging funerals for AL Sole & Son.

James MacDowall-Scott has enjoyed a varied career both as a professional musician, Abbey Verger and Funeral Director. Away from work, James is active as a recitalist on both organ and harpsichord and holds diplomas from both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music in London. James can sometimes be seen around the area on his Moto Guzzi café racer at the weekends.
 

Jerry Heath

Assistant Funeral Director

Jerry joined us in 2005

Jerry began his working career in 1975 as an artist, designing amusement arcades and seaside pier frontages all over the country (including most of Blackpool Golden Mile!). Later he began designing toy packaging, children's books and merchandise for major companies such as Warner Brothers, Gerry Anderson Productions and Walt Disney in London and Paris. He became U.K.Creative director on three Canadian T.V. series, designing sets and costumes, and also worked on exhibitions and museums, whilst giving talks in schools and colleges about design.

During this time he decided on a change of career and 16 years ago he began working with AL Sole & Son alongside Christopher Sole, learning all aspects of the funeral profession...conducting, bearing, arranging, embalming and using people skills gained from exhibition and museum work. However he still remains a Disney recognised artist!

Jerry is married and has a 30 year old son, also an artist. His interests include collecting movie merchandise and memorabilia, which he regularly loans to exhibitions and publications.

Larrie Barlow

Assistant Funeral Director

Larrie joined A.L Sole & Son in 2017, after having spent 26 years as a Professional Photographer and Graphic Designer in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Larrie’s varied role in the company involves the day to day running of the business assisting the funeral directors. He is a family man who has lived in the Cotswolds all of his life. Married with three daughters, his life is a busy one. He loves the countryside and everything in it, with a big love for dogs and Motorcycling.