Directors, Staff and Key Associates
Andrew Sells (Non-executive Chairman)
In conjunction with Memoria Limited Andrew Sells set up South Oxfordshire Memorial Park and Crematorium in late 2013. From 1992-2002 he was Chairman of Westerleigh Group, which is a group of crematoria and cemeteries specialising in joint ventures with Local Authorities.
Andrew was previously Chairman of The Garden Centre Group (formerly Wyevale) which consists of 122 garden centres across England and Wales with sales of some £250 m. and 4,500 employees. Andrew has been Treasurer of two charities: the Royal Horticultural Society and Policy Exchange, a think tank. He was Chairman of Linden Homes from its start-up in 1991, through its full listing in 1996, its MBO in 2000 until its sale in March 2007. His early career was spent investment banking with Schroders before he moved into venture capital in 1983. For the ten years 1990 – 2000 he was Managing Director of Sovereign Capital Limited. He is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the London Business School.
Howard Hodgson MBIFD (Dip) Ass. RSH (Chief Operating 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. The company was subsequently merged with Kenyons in 1989 and then with Great Southern Group to form the largest funeral/crematorium group in the UK. Howard sold his interests in 1991, having taken the company from one branch to 546 and becoming ‘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. He then enjoyed a second career in the gift industry, becoming successively chief executive of Ronson plc and Colibri International. He is also a social commentator and author, contributing frequent articles and features in the national press, television and radio. He published a biography on the Prince of Wales in 2007.
Michael Hackney MA (Oxon) (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 Consultant)
(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 Executive Assistant to CEO (b 1977)
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 and facilities management. He has specialist knowledge in burial legislation and cemetery development after previously managing 8 cemeteries and overseeing thousands of interments. Prior to joining Memoria he graduated from Teesside University after studying Business Management and enjoyed a successful career in both telecommunications and the utility sales industries where he managed his own business employing 70 members of staff.
Paul is Executive Assistant to Howard Hodgson, Memoria’s CEO. He is currently responsible for the development of Low Cost Funeral Ltd, the Direct Cremation arm of Memoria Ltd.