Our Team

At Forrests our funeral directors are very much a part of the community, and are passionate about providing a professional and caring service. They have extensive experience in the funeral service and are available at any time to talk through your options with you.

To find out more about the extra care our team offers, please phone Forrest Funeral Services at East Coast Bays
on 09 479 5956 or Hibiscus Coast in Orewa on 09 426 7950.


Graeme is the Manager at Forrests Browns Bay and also a registered funeral director. He has been in funeral service for 34 years, and in 2011 completed the National Diploma in Funeral Directing for which he was awarded overall top student for New Zealand. Graeme is passionate about funeral directing and enjoys the total satisfaction he gets from guiding people through a very difficult time. Graeme has an interest in model railways, boating, is a supporter of the McLaren F1 racing team and is a member and Immediate Past President of the Browns Bay Rotary club. Graeme is also a member of East Coast Bays RSA and the Bays Club. He lives in Browns Bay with his partner. Graeme was sworn into the Office of Justice of The Peace For New Zealand in March 2015.


Leanne is the manager at the Orewa branch of Forrest Funeral Services. She has completed the National Diploma in Funeral Directing and, having been involved in funeral service for many years, is truly passionate about her work and her commitment to client families. Leanne lives in Red Beach and is a member of the Lions, the Rotary Inner Wheel of Orewa and Whangaparaoa, the Silverdale RSA and the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club. She enjoys walking on the beach, cooking, and retail therapy. Leanne has a son and daughter that are both in full time study.


James is a Funeral Director at Forrest Funeral Services in Orewa. Prior to his role at Forrest’s, James had worked extensively in the Auckland Council and Rodney Ward Cemeteries. Throughout the past eight years he has endeavoured to help bereaved families in any way he can. He made a commitment to that ideal and joined Forrest’s team in 2012 where he continues to provide a professional and caring service. James has lived on the Hibiscus Coast all his life and is now raising a family of his own in the beautiful surroundings he knows so well and loves so much. He is a dedicated family man who has a great passion for music and film and loves spending time with his wife and kids.


Lily joined the team at Forrest Funeral Services Browns Bay in 2014. With an extensive background in medical management, she has also run her own business, and had earlier experience in the funeral industry. Lily is happy to return to funeral directing as she finds it very rewarding to work with bereaved families and to look after their deceased loved one. Lily is also a Board Member of Connect Supporting Recovery, a non-government mental health service working in partnership with district health boards helping people affected by mental distress to live satisfying lives of their choice, whether it be through residential, working, or training support. Lily lives in Mairangi Bay and loves living and working on the North Shore. She has two adult children, and enjoys walking the beaches and attending her local gym.


After working at Air New Zealand for 40 years, most recently as a Flight Services Manager, Wayne joined Forrest Funeral Services, Browns Bay three years ago. Having had many years’ experience in the funeral industry,
Wayne is one of our support personnel, assisting funeral directors with funerals, and is our first responder providing liaison, removal and transportation between the Police and the Coroner’s Service. Wayne is a long term resident of Browns Bay.