Hospice Funerals Managing Partners and Key Staff
Chief Executive Officer, St. Margaret’s Hospice and Joint Managing Partner, Hospice Funerals LLP
Prior to being appointed as CEO in 2015, Ann joined St. Margaret’s sixteen years ago as Director of Nursing, becoming Clinical Director and Deputy CEO during her tenure. Over the years Ann has played a significant role in strategically expanding the charities clinical services; commissioning the second In-Patient Unit in Yeovil; expanding the community service; commissioning a respite care centre and more recently the Central Referral Centre (CRC) and 24 hour advice line culminating in re-engineering the whole service to deliver 24 hour care in the community.
Ann is passionate about delivering responsive, patient focused care across Somerset. In 2014 she arranged a Rod Stewart concert for 18,500 people raising a net profit of £150,000!
Ann has over 33 years of clinical experience originally working in elderly care, neurological and surgical nursing. She then specialised in trauma, working in a variety of accident and emergency units in London.
In 1989 Ann was appointed at Surrey University as a Director of Post Graduate Education at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, focusing on Critical Care services and gained a B.Ed (Hons) at Sussex University. Prior to joining St. Margaret’s she was appointed as Assistant Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance, responsible for managing the Specialist Palliative Care services at Frimley Park NHS Trust and completed her Masters in Health and Medical Sciences at Brighton University.
Howard Hodgson MBIFD MBIFD (Dip) Ass. RSH
Chief Executive Officer, Memoria Limited and Joint Managing Partner, Hospice Funerals LLP
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 second 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, Memoria Limited
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.
Robert Parsons – Director of Retail, St. Margaret’s Hospice
Robert joined St. Margaret’s Hospice in January 2016 to support the growth of its income generating capacity, enabling sustainable future income streams to support its charitable work. Over the past 15 years Robert has led numerous teams, generating in excess of £30million for charitable organisations, utilising creative approaches whilst widening markets to drive new streams of income.
The hospice sector is not new to Robert who, before joining St. Margaret’s, was the Director of Income Generation and Communications for St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth for 8 and a half years. Previous to this he worked as a CEO in sexual health promotion in the South West. Much of his management background was built in the commercial sector working with national retailers including Debenhams PLC, as well as holding various senior positions including sales, infrastructure and concept store design at a regional level.
Jamieson Hodgson – Business Development Director and Head of Planning, Memoria Limited
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 10 new planning consents for new crematoria and memorial parks in the last 6 years. 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 the funeral industry. Jamieson also heads up HR and Operational Performance 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.
Sabina Goodman – Finance Director, St. Margaret’s Hospice
Sabina has over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Commercial Director roles, in both the private and third sector. She is driven by achieving growth, often utilising best practice from the private sector within third sector environments. Her experience comes from both senior management and board appointments in a variety of industries, as well as consultancy work with communities, charities and social enterprises. She has recently completed an MBA and was awarded a Distinction from Warwick University.
Sabina is committed to working with organisations that have a high level of social/environmental impact and as well as recently joining St Margaret’s, Sabina currently holds Directorships with Lemon Gazelle Community Interest Company, Jigsaw Thornbury CIC and is a Non-Executive Director with Real Ideas Organisation. These organisations are small and entrepreneurial, contributing high levels of social impact, whether by assisting communities, supporting families and children with additional needs or enabling community groups to achieve their aspirations. Sabina is also the Treasurer and Welfare Officer of Chagford Youth Football Club.
Jonathan Langdon – Trustee, St. Margaret’s Hospice
Jonathan is Chairman and Founding Partner of Milsted Langdon Chartered Accountants. Outside of work, he is a governor at Richard Huish Sixth Form College and a director of Passion for Somerset. He is married with 3 grown up children and, as often as work permits, enjoys getting back to Cornwall, where he spent the first 19 years of his life.
Alison Grove – Trustee, St. Margaret’s Hospice
Alison has always had an interest in end of life care since working as an elective in India, which then became a special interest during her years as a GP. Alison moved from General Practice to specialise in palliative medicine, and ultimately she was based in Lichfield working with the local district general hospitals in the area. Alison’s final position before taking retirement was as a lead physician, and acting Medical Director at St Giles’ as well as visiting physician to Queens’ Hospital Burton on Trent.
Paul Reed – Managing Executive, Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd
Paul is the Managing Executive of Memoria Low Cost Funeral Ltd, the Direct Cremation arm of Memoria Ltd. 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.
Mark Drake – Franchise Development Manager, Hospice Funerals LLP
Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role as previously Mark had a successful career within the hospitality industry developing and managing a large portfolio. Mark is responsible for franchise development, operations, sales & marketing, recruitment & training.