About Us

    About Walker & Morrell Funeral Directors

    Walker & Morrell Funeral Directors have over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of funeral services. Previously Manager and Assistant manager of the largest funeral company in the North East we work with our experienced and dedicated team to provide a more personal service to the bereaved with a reputation for being the very best at what we do. 

    We have conveniently located funeral homes in Washington, Gateshead and Houghton Le Spring and are proud to serve the people in those communities of many different cultures and faiths, as well as those with no religious beliefs. 

    The teams at all our 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. 

    Here at Walker & Morrell 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

    John Morrell Dip FD & MBIE – Retired

    Funeral Director / Founder

    Lynne Walker Dip FD & MBIE – Semi Retired

    Funeral Director / Founder (Business Principal)

    Martin Morrell

    Senior Funeral Director

    Nicola Lynn

    Funeral Director

    Aimee Hughes Dip FD

    Funeral Director

    Natalie Holywell

    Funeral Director

    David Hindmarch

    Funeral Service Operative

    Andrew Walker

    Funeral Service Operative

    Stephen Smith

    Funeral Service Operative

    Jason Callan

    Funeral Service Operative

    Carolyn Payne


    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 0191 416 4160 visit branch or arrange a home visit