Staff Profiles

Simon Helliar-Moore

Simon was born and educated in Taunton. During his formative years, he became a Bishops chorister at Wells Cathedral and represented Somerset as a founding member of the Somerset Youth Choir, singing in many of the Churches around Taunton.

A wonderful opportunity to take a school work experience placement with a local Funeral Director, left him certain of his chosen career path. On leaving school, Simon took up this calling in 1994.

Exciting opportunities to obtain his professional qualifications and training in London were offered to Simon in 2000. Taking up this once in a lifetime challenge, Simon moved to London and began his training within a busy Funeral Directors. During this time, Simon trained and worked as a chauffeur/bearer, mortuary manager and Funeral Director, taking on the responsibility for over 40 Funeral Homes across North and East London.

Having gained this invaluable experience, Simon was asked to lead and manage a community of established Funeral Home in Bath, as a Community manager. During his time in Bath, Simon fostered close links with Bath Abbey, arranging fund raising concerts on several occasions.

In 2006 Simon returned to Taunton to work alongside Nigel Ford, caring for the bereaved for the next ten years, until establishing Crescent Funeral Services in 2016, to ensure that the families of Taunton will continue to have access to an independent, fair and caring Funeral service.

Outside of work Simon enjoys travel and theatre as well as continuing to enjoy his lifelong passion of choral music and continues to sing when he can.

Jason Wood

After the experience of a family bereavement at the age of 14, Jason knew that working within the funeral profession was going to be the right career path for him to take.

At 15, Jason completed week’s work experience at a nearby Funeral Home and having completed his exams, he left school at 16 and immediately enquired with local Funeral Directors about possible employment opportunities. Unfortunately, a position was not available but, undeterred, he grasped the opportunity this gave him to work on a casual basis with other local independent Funeral Homes, gaining valuable experience along the way. At the same time, Jason worked full-time in a residential care home, before becoming involved with supporting those in the community within their own homes.

At the age of 22, Jason moved to Birmingham to properly commence his career in the Funeral profession. He begun as a Funeral Services Operative, within a small independent firm of Funeral Directors.  The draw of country life, however, led him back to the West Country, where he was fortunate enough another Funeral Services Operative position within the County of Devon.

The opportunity to train towards becoming a fully qualified Funeral Director arose, whilst working with his previous employer, and will continue to do so here at Crescent Funeral Services.

Jason brings with him a fresh and dynamic approach to working within the profession, together with a passion to support those seeking our guidance and to assist with delivering a personal and individualised service to the families of Taunton and its surrounding communities.

Crescent Funeral Services has a highly experienced and professional team of staff, who support our families every step of the way.