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.

Jackie Watts

Jackie Watts

Funeral Arranger

Some of Jackie’s many roles within the company are assisting the funeral directors, meeting with visitors and preparing for funerals, offering guidance, support, advice or just a friendly chat.

With 17 years of experience in the funeral profession, Jackie’s many roles within the company include assisting the funeral directors, meeting with visitors and preparing for funerals, offering guidance, support, advice or just a friendly chat. Jackie trained as a nurse in Cheltenham and practiced nursing for 18 years before joining the funeral profession. Raised in Chipping Norton, married with two children and two grandsons, Jackie is an animal lover and enjoys walking her dogs. She has a love of the South Coast.

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.