About Us

    About Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors

    At Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors, we have been looking after local families for more than 150 years. ‘Thomas Bragg, Builders and Funeral Directors of Shirley’ was founded in 1869, as one of a number of local trades then run by the Bragg family.

    Starting out with one branch in Shirley, the business expanded to open a second branch in Knowle. Both branches serve the city of Birmingham, Solihull and communities from surrounding villages and towns. 

    The teams at our Shirley and Knowle funeral homes will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. We have our own on-site service venue.

    Here at Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Meet the Team

    Ian Sommerville

    Area Development Manager

    After leaving school Ian enlisted in the Royal Marines and served in Northern Ireland, the first Gulf War and Kurdistan. After 14 years’ service he moved to the IT industry as a Product Manager, overseeing development, support, sales, implementation, and Account management. He then became the North American Sales Manager for a company designing and selling high-end architectural ironmongery helping to secure and implement several high-profile contracts.
    After moving back to the Midlands in 2012 Ian began his career in the funeral industry. In 2018 he became the Area Manager for Coventry & Solihull, overseeing both Thomas Bragg & Sons and Henry Isons & Sons Funeral Directors.
    He has 3 children and enjoys sport, music, reading and socialising with friends and family.

    Diane Young

    Funeral Director

    Diane has worked within the funeral service for 14 years.
    She says “I joined as a funeral arranger and progressed to a Funeral Director in the same year which I am thoroughly enjoying. I cannot imagine doing anything else as I achieve great job satisfaction when helping families in there time of need.”

    Tribsa Pyatt

    Funeral Arranger

    Tribsa is Birmingham born; having worked within the funeral profession previously she joined Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in December 2017.
    She says “Helping families at the most difficult time of their lives knowing you have provided a professional and quality service which is tailored to their family makes my job rewarding”.
    Out of work she enjoys travelling and going on adventures with her family.

    Kathryn Wagg

    Funeral Arranger

    Kathryn is originally from Yorkshire but moved to Solihull 30 years ago.
    Kathryn worked in banking and accounting after leaving school. She joined our team in 2019 after working for another Funeral Director and finds it a privilege to help families through their journey at such a difficult time.
    Kathryn has four daughters and four grandchildren who she loves to spend time with.

    Mandy Perris

    Funeral Arranger

    Mandy has worked in the funeral service for the last 17 years and joined Thomas Bragg’s in 2020.
    She feels she is privileged to work with the families she looks after, and finds it rewarding to make a very difficult time in their lives a little easier.
    Mandy enjoys spending her free time travelling and with her family and dogs.

    Lisa Evans

    Funeral Arranger

    Lisa joined Thomas Bragg and Sons Funeral Directors in January 2021, having previously worked for another Funeral Director for eleven years.
    A brief spell away from the funeral industry helped her to understand that her home is here, and that she feels privileged to be able to help bereaved families in their time of need.
    In her spare time, she enjoys walking, cinema visits with friends and karate.

    Stef Wilbraham-Hemmings

    Funeral Arranger

    Stef recently joined Thomas Bragg & Sons in February 2022 as a Funeral Director. She has worked in the Funeral service for 4 years with another Funeral Directors starting as a mobile funeral arranger covering 5 areas within Warwickshire. Stef feels helping people in their time of need is the most rewarding part of her job. Stef has an allotment locally in Solihull and enjoys growing lots of fruit and vegetables.

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 01217 441 428 visit branch or arrange a home visit