Our Ambassadors

Mathew Crawley – Ambassador

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide are proud to announce the appointment of Ambassador Mathew Crawley.

My name is Mathew Crawley and I live in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside with my wife and two dogs, and have been based in the North West since 2009, originally having  been brought up in Colchester, Essex.

My working life has mainly been focused around Bereavement Services since a young age. It is an area I wholeheartedly believe that I’m well suited to and I feel very fortunate to be employed currently in a role which I love.

My main role is to provide members of my organisation, the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) with best practice, guidance, training and policies in order the better to be enabled to serve bereaved people. This generally takes the form of providing training days, consultancies, examinations where required, formulating national guidance and coaching of staff providing services to bereaved people at all levels.

Hand in hand with this, I also act as a mentor and Training Assessor for our scheme of accrediting crematorium technicians and am also the HNC level tutor for Cemetery Management for those taking part in their diploma in my field of work and am able to draw on 20+ years of experience to provide people with practical and realistic guidance and initiatives to take forward.

During such period, I have had roles as a funeral director, crematorium technician, cemetery manager, crematorium manager and an award-winning bereavement services manager, all of which I am very proud of. In addition to this, I have been a director and Deputy President of the ICCM.

I’m also a keen runner, practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, rock climb, and play the guitar having had a brief spell as a professional singer. Over the years, I have supported many charities and in 2019 raised over £17,000 for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide by completing Mathew’s Warrington Walk to Warwick.

Angela Samata – Ambassador

“I’m delighted to accept the role as Ambassador of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. I feel privileged to be asked to represent the work that SoBS do and the continued part that our work plays in the national conversation about the vital need to provide support for those bereaved by suicide. The work and the people that make the Charity all that it is are very close to my heart and I feel honoured to be asked to take up this role.

I’ll never forget the relief that I felt as I walked into a SoBS support group for the first time in 2004. I’m humbled now to be able to encourage others to access SoBS support and to give others the chance to experience the same support I received.

I followed the path on many before me, first receiving support and then feeling compelled to give a little back to a Charity that played a fundamental part in where I am today.  As a Help-line Volunteer and a Group Leader I gained valuable insight into our work. As a Trustee and Vice Chair I gained valuable insight into how our work is vital at both a local and national level, and as your Chair from 2010-2014 it was my great honour to work on the Board and to ensure our place in the national conversation.

I was delighted that the BBC brought our work to the fore in our documentary Life After Suicide. Watched by over 3 million people, the film featured the SoBS Liverpool support group, giving a real insight into how our groups work and the vital support they offer. I hope to continue to promote our work and I look forward to working with you.”

Angela Samata

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