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 working as a trainer before promotion to the Product Manager overseeing development, support, sales, implementation and Account management. Ian 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 and joined Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in March 2017.
    He has 3 children and enjoys sport, music, reading and socialising with friends and family.

    Victoria Fallon

    Funeral Director

    Victoria has always wanted to be a Funeral Director from a young age and joined Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in 2016. She previously worked in the care sector which has helped her support families in her role as a Funeral Director.

    Victoria takes great pride in helping families at their time of need to make their loved ones send off one that they deserve.

    She will always try to personalise a funeral for a family and make anything possible to meet the more unusual funeral requests she receives. She strongly believes that a befitting send off for a loved one helps greatly with the grieving process.

    Peter Barrett

    Funeral Director

    Peter joined Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in December 2018 as a Funeral Director after working for 18 years as a senior FSO for another funeral directors.
    He says ” I am looking forward to my new role and making a difference for our families.”
    In his spare time he helps with re-homing retired greyhounds.

    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.

    Debbie Harris

    Funeral Arranger

    Debbie was born and raised in Coventry. After leaving school, she began her working life as a secretary at Massey Ferguson and later went on to start a family. She went on to raise four children as a housewife.

    As her children grew up, she returned to education to study Beauty and Holistic therapy at Mid Warwickshire College and following success, went on to run her own business as a beauty therapist.

    After 15 years working in this background, she changed career path and began working in the funeral service industry.
    She gained extensive experience working at a local funeral directors in Coventry and later went on to work for the local crematorium.
    Debbie joined Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in October 2018.
    Outside of her working life, Debbie enjoys walking, swimming, going on family holidays and socialising with friends and family.

    Kathryn Wagg

    Mobile 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.

    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