Meet our team of Funeral Directors
The professional staff at Gee & Hickton are committed to providing an exceptional level of care, helping you find peace of mind during a difficult time.
Our experienced Funeral Directors come from a varied background of life experiences and community involvement. We’re proud of the dedication and care they bring to supporting our clients.
JP Dip FS
The General Manager at Gee & Hickton since 2000, Gavin says he aims to exceed people’s expectations of service and professionalism, and to know that he has made a difference by facilitating a meaningful and personal farewell. He says it’s a privilege to be able to lead a team of such dedicated professionals.
Gavin is a qualified funeral director and embalmer, and a national examiner in embalming. He lives in Petone with his wife Vanessa, a teacher, their German Shepherd Willow and close to their two grown up daughters Freya and Cassie. Recently Freya and Dylan welcomed our first grandchild George who consumes any spare time.
His passion is enjoying food and playing golf and he also enjoys giving back to the community in his role as a Rotarian and JP.
Manager - Hutt Valley
Following in her father’s footsteps, Cassie is passionate about the funeral industry and giving back to the community. Joining the team in 2015, she first trained as an embalmer and went on to win the Noel McNee Memorial Award for New Zealand’s top practical embalming student in 2018. Cassie then moved into a funeral directing role and enjoys the flexibility of being able to care for families and their loved ones. She is passionate about helping others and going the extra mile for every family she meets.
Dip Emb, Dip FD
Manager - Porirua
Jenna is a qualified embalmer and funeral director which she says brings a variety to her role that she really enjoys. Jenna joined the Porirua team in 2011 and has loved getting involved with the community and learning about different cultures.
Outside of work, Jenna enjoys craft beer, anything involving water or being near water, karate, walking, friends/family and her beloved dog Jet.
Edward has worked with Gee & Hickton since 2006, initially as an embalmer. After gaining his embalming qualifications Edward moved into the funeral directing role.
Edward lives in Upper Hutt with his wife Kelly and has two incredible children, Wednesday and Phoenix, who get all of Edward’s spare time.
Megan has been part of the Gee & Hickton team since June 2017. Megan’s experience with the loss of a close family member, along with her genuine and caring nature, allows her to connect with families when they most need it.
Megan and her husband Kris have four children and a precious granddaughter who was born in 2017. Family is very important to Megan and most of her spare time is dedicated to them. She also enjoys cooking and socialising.
Liz was raised in Wainui, and after spending 13 years in the UK she returned home back to her roots. She enjoys serving others and sees it as an honour to help those as they farewell their loved ones.
Liz and her wife love spending time with their two children, and all the activities they are involved in. Family is everything to Liz. In her spare time, she enjoys bush walks, jigsaw puzzles and relaxing with a good book.
Kendell grew up in Wellington and has a background in Support Work, working alongside people with intellectual disabilities as well as Counselling. Kendell is passionate about working with people, and has worked alongside many different clientele in the Mental Health sector before eventually pursuing her goal of becoming a Funeral Director.
In her spare time Kendell enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Jax. She also enjoys painting, reading, and doing anything creative.
Born and educated in Lower Hutt, Andrew has been a funeral director for many years. Starting his career as an embalmer, he completed his qualification in 1990 and became a qualified funeral director in 1994.
Andrew considers it a privilege to work with families during the difficult period of time when someone they love has died. He is a keen sportsman who enjoys watching and participating in a wide variety of sports and in his spare time, enjoy’s spending time with his young family and their many activities.
Sue joined Gee & Hickton in 2011 as a funeral director. Her working background has included involvement with many professions and has driven her passion for being able to provide guidance and support for families.
Sue has 3 adult children and granddaughters living overseas so is always planning when their next catch up will be for quality family time together. Sue enjoys playing Squash, music concerts, and taking their old pop top caravan on adventures.
Angelina Maltby is an experienced funeral director and a qualified embalmer. She moved to Porirua when she joined Gee & Hickton in 2014.
Outside of work, Angelina loves spending time with family, friends and her energetic dog.
Elizabeth has joined Gee & Hickton after a long career of team management and customer service. She has particularly enjoyed getting to the heart of the Porirua community and learning about the various different cultures and religions.
Outside of work Elizabeth and her husband are vegan, have an interest in natural therapy and enjoy spending time with their cats, Charlie and Lucy.
Kirsty grew up and lives in Wainuiomata.
After the loss of her Dad she decided that after 17 years working in the public sector, it was time to finally do a job that meant something important to her and allowed her to give back and care for families and their loved ones when they most need it.
Kirsty has three teenage daughters who are her world and a whole lot of animals that keep her busy in her spare time. She enjoys, baking, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Born and raised in Upper Hutt, Belinda returned to Upper Hutt after 3 years of travel. Joining the Gee and Hickton team with a diverse background in event management, cookery and the dental industry, Belinda is enjoying helping families say farewell to loved ones in their own unique way.
Belinda and her husband Nick live on a lifestyle block in Kaitoke where they spend their spare time looking after their animals, enjoying the rural life and working to create a self-sustaining lifestyle.
Nigel joined the funeral industry in 1995 and has since become a qualified embalmer and funeral director. Nigel has spent the majority of his career helping families in Wellington and has now returned to the Hutt Valley to provide assistance to the community in ensuring a dignified farewell for everyone. He strongly believes in leading every funeral with professionalism while maintaining flexibility as needed.
Outside of work, Nigel enjoys staying active and meeting the high walking expectations of his Hungarian Vizsla. Additionally, he enjoys evenings out with his partner.
"My thanks to the team at Gee & Hickton - Porirua who were professional and caring throughout the whole process. Special acknowledgement and thanks to Jenna Hyndman who I felt went above and beyond to look after our family and ensure everything was perfect.
I was fortunate to attend one of their Managing Grief seminars which I found enlightening and was fundamental to my journey through grieving. These seminars are an exceptional community service which I fully recommend to others."