Gillian Hyde, Manager
A former Retail Manager working for Mothercare and finally in Dorothy Perkins as Manager of a 2-floor branch in Wimbledon. Moved into telecommunications for a period of time as office manager. Most recent job was as Sixth Form Administrator in a local High School for 9 years.
Gillian began her career with Memoria in October 2015 as Administrator for the newly built Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium and was recently promoted to Manager in June 2019.
Rob Edmunds, Cremator Operator/Chapel Attendant
Rob started his own landscape gardening business in 2014 after having a keen interest in gardening from a young age.
While successfully growing his business after three years of working on his own he took up position as Head of Grounds at Waveney Memorial Park in October 2017.
Having now enjoyed two years working for Memoria Rob has recently been promoted to the role of Chapel Attendant.
Lucy Hughes, Administrator
Upon leaving school Lucy joined Barclays Bank working up to Personal Banker. Moved to work with special needs children within a local special needs school which was a position she felt the call to do from a young age. After the birth of her first child Lucy worked for the local doctor’s surgery for 10 years after which she returned into the finance industry with her last job as Assistant Accountant for a local Engineering Firm.
Lucy joined Memoria as Administrator in August 2019 at Waveney Memorial Park and Crematorium.
Simon Hannant, Head of Grounds Maintenance
Simon joined Memoria in December 2019 having previously worked as Head of Grounds & Assistant Premises Manager at Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston. He has also worked as a technical teacher at Oriel High School and was a musician in the British Army.
Directors and Key Executives
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 Director, Memoria LCF
(b 1977) Paul is the Managing Director 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.
Richard Todd – Sales & Marketing Director, Memoria
Richard Todd is our Sales & Marketing Director. 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. Richard is responsible for Memoria’s local community and funeral director relations across all sites in England and Wales.
Frank Meilack – Director of Community Engagement, Memoria
Frank Meilack is our Director of Community Engagement. From 1995 Frank worked in the Outdoor Media industry as part of the Clear Channel / Transport for London partnership transforming the Outdoor Media options across the capital and the UK, with involvement in procurement, development, sales and operational delivery as Regional General Manager.
In 2015 Frank came into the funeral Industry at Kemnal Park in South-East London, a 55-acre site with outline approval for a cemetery. Over a 4 year period, Frank transformed the performance of the park with cremation services rising from circa 150 to over 900 per annum. Burial numbers and prestige burial options also rose dramatically with the introduction and marketing of products for specific community groups such as Muslim, Turkish, Catholic and Italian communities.