Staff Profiles

Our funeral directors are dedicated in their roles. They will listen and gently guide family and friends through the legal requirements and practical details of organising a funeral.

Brad McAneney


Brad attended Campion College, a Catholic Coeducational College before moving to Auckland to study Social Work. He graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of Social Work from Massey University. He joined the funeral industry in 2001 as a trainee embalmer and now holds both the National Certificate in Embalming and the National Certificate in Funeral Directing.

Brad holds customer service as a high ideal. "Our role is very flexible, some families want us to take care of all the finer details, while others are very hands on. I enjoy the diverse types of people that I meet and being of assistance at a time that can be very stressful for families."

Kirsty Georgeson

Funeral Director

Kirsty has returned to work part time at Guardian after a period of seven years during which time she has trained and worked as a primary school teacher. Kirsty is a qualified funeral director and embalmer.

She is married to Mark and has two school children who keep her busy. She spends her spare time walking the dog, working out at the gym and enjoying family life.

Lee-Ann Waters

Funeral Director

Born and educated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, I joined a Funeral Home in Port Elizabeth in 1995 in a varied role working with bereaved families, administration and catering.  We accepted a position in Tanzania which proved to be a great adventure for my husband and three children. On returning to Pretoria, South Africa I was happy to join a funeral home and do what I loved and helped bereaved families as their funeral director working with a variety of cultures in the Northern part of South Africa.  Arriving in New Zealand in 2016 I worked for a funeral director in Auckland and learnt how to do funerals the “Kiwi way”, and since moved to Wellington based at Guardian Funeral Home.

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