Our Staff


The staff within our funeral home, are the most precious asset we have. We only have staff who have a unique ability to understand people and how to talk to them.

We are confident that you will find our staff caring, compassionate, professional and efficient. We will be there to help, support and guide you through this upsetting time. You can be confident that we will be there for you and your family.

The Managing Funeral Director at South Downs is Mr. Paul Mark Lee-Bapty Dip FD Affil RSH Paul is a second generation Funeral Director, taking after his father who started his career in a small village in Buckinghamshire. Paul explains, ‘I remember Dad talking about his funeral training alongside his training as a plumber, whilst working for the builder in a little village, who also took care of the funerals. Over a rather short space of time, Dad spent more and more time being involved with the funeral side of the business’.

Paul has spent over 32 years within the funeral business and passed his Diploma qualification in 1985. The Diploma is a qualification awarded by the National Association of Funeral Directors and represents the pinnacle of qualifications within the funeral business.

Paul has been a Funeral Director in this area alone for over 22 years now, having worked for the large corporate company Dignity Funerals Limited, known locally as W. Wraight & Son in Emsworth and Carrell's Funeral Service in Havant for many years. Paul became dismayed with corporate funeral directing as in his opinion, profits were more important than care for the bereaved.

Paul is extremely pleased to provide sound funeral management and leadership for his own business.