Howard Hodgson MBIFD (Dip) Ass. RSH – Chief Executive Officer
(b,1950) A fourth generation funeral director, Howard trained with James Summers of Cardiff in 1968. He took over the family business in 1975 and launched an expansion programme that culminated in the flotation of Hodgson Holdings plc in 1986. Through subsequent mergers the company formed the largest funeral/crematorium group in the UK. Howard sold his interests in 1991, having taken the company from one branch to 546 and became ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 1987’ in the process. He is largely recognised as the individual who transformed the funeral industry in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. After a second career in the gift industry as chief executive of Ronson plc and Colibri International he returned to the funeral industry as founder and CEO of Memoria, and has developed it into the third largest and fastest growing crematoria company in the UK today. In 2016 he founded Memoria Low Cost Funeral, the direct cremation arm of Memoria and has taken that company from a standing start to the largest direct cremation company in the UK. He is the author of four books, including a biography of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Michael Hackney MA (Oxon) – Chairman & Finance Director
(b,1950) is a former career banker who has held senior positions with both the ANZ/Grindlays and Abbey National banking groups, including in venture capital, where he was responsible for the flotation of Hodgson Holdings plc, and in debt recovery, which resulted in him directly managing a succession of troubled commercial and financial businesses as principal for the bank, both in the UK and Europe, 1992-2000.
Jamieson Hodgson – Business Development Director and Head of Planning
(b, 1983) Jamieson Hodgson joined Memoria in early 2009. He initially lead business development but has since progressed into the role of Head of Planning. During that time he has helped to grow the business by leading our planning team to securing 8 new planning consents for new crematoria and memorial parks in the last 5 years. Jamieson has overseen 5 planning appeals during this time – leading to 4 consents. This has allowed him to develop knowledge in planning law and policy. He is a demographic expert who has helped to develop GIS technology in order to better understand the way that ‘need’ and financial viability is measured in crematoria development. Jamieson also maintains an operational support role which sees him involved in various areas of the ongoing business. These areas include recruitment of staff, financial performance, ongoing demographic assessment and facility service standards.
He spent the previous 3 years working for Accenture where he led business development for their UK Capital Markets strategy group. This role saw him work on a number of projects for UBS, HSBC, RBS and Citi Group. Prior to joining Accenture, Jamieson completed a honours degree in International Business and Finance and also worked for the VW Group and PwC during this time.
Paul Reed – Managing Executive, Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd
(b 1977) Paul is the Managing Executive of Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd, the Direct Cremation arm of Memoria Ltd and the largest direct cremation company in the country. Paul joined Memoria in late 2013 after a career working in both the public and private sector. A horticultural specialist with extensive experience in groundworks, facilities management and sales and marketing, he has held multiple roles within Memoria before his current promotion.
Prior to joining Memoria, he graduated from Teesside University after studying Business Management and has enjoyed a successful career in both telecommunications and the utility sales industries where he founded and managed his own direct sales business employing 70 members of staff.
Carl Clamp – Director of Operations, Memoria
Carl Clamp is our Director of Operations. He was previously manager of our Amber Valley Memorial Park and Crematorium. He now oversees operational performance in terms of service standards across the Memoria Group. In particular, he is responsible for practical training for cremation, administration and general crematorium management across all staff members in the Memoria Group. He is also the CEO’s assistant in all operational matters.
Mark Drake – Regional Director South, Memoria
Mark Drake is our Regional Director South. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role as previously Mark had a successful career within the hospitality industry and was responsible for operations, sales & marketing, finance & HR. He joined Memoria in 2016 as manager of our Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium. He is responsible for all crematorium management across Memoria’s southern region.
Richard Todd – Regional Director North, Memoria
Richard Todd is our Regional Director North. Richard has over 35 years’ experience in the Funeral sector having held a number of senior operational & sales roles across market leading independent, Co-operative and private equity supported Funeral & pre-need businesses. He is responsible for all crematorium management across Memoria’s northern region.
Sophie Dale – Finance Manager
Sophie Dale joined Memoria in October 2017 as Finance Manager, bringing with her experience in systems implementation, management accounts and payroll. She is responsible for ensuring that the day to day management of the finance function across all sites is efficient and accurate.
Jacqui Peirson – Human Resources Manager
Jacqueline Peirson is our HR Manager, she has many years’ experience of dealing with HR matters from the day to day generalist function to being involved with planning for the future. Jacqui reports into Memoria’s HR and Operational Performance Director and she is responsible for ensuring that the Company remains compliant with employment legislation, ensuring that policies and procedures are kept up to date and relevant. She is responsible for the recruitment process at all Memoria sites.
Wendy Smith – Office Manager, Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd
Wendy Smith is our Low-Cost Funeral Ltd Office Manager. Wendy joined us in 2016 and is a highly experienced Customer Service Manager and has played a pivotal role in our development of Low Cost Funeral Ltd.
Wendy is the first line interacting with potential clients on both At Need and Pre-paid Funeral Plans to ensure that every detail and wish is catered for as specified by clients.