Who's who at Woodall Nicholson

Meet The Board

Brian DavidsonBrian Davidson – Chairman

Partner RooGreen Ventures LLP, Chairman of Total Fitness Health Clubs Ltd.  Former Chairman and CEO of Crown Paints Ltd, Former COO of Alexander Dennis Ltd and former Chairman of Plaxton Holdings and CEO of Plaxton Limited.  Formerly a non-executive Director of Fairline Boat Holdings Ltd and Scottish Legal Life.  Brian is 50, married with two daughters and lives in North Yorkshire.



Geoff 2Geoff Hudson- Group CEO

Geoff has been with the company for over 44 years and has worked in all three divisions, covering a variety of disciplines. Geoff joined the company at the grass roots level as an apprentice coachbuilder straight from school and has steadily worked his way through the business to his current position of Managing Director. Geoff was a member of the original management buyout team that purchased the business from within the Plaxton / Henly Empire in 1992, followed by a second management buyout in 2003. Having sold his shareholding with the previous owner directors, he has reinvested with the new investor team, so the story continues.


Dan Jackson (2)Dan Jackson – Finance Director

Dan is an experienced Chartered Accountant who qualified with Ernst & Young.  Prior to joining Woodall Nicholson he was a partner in Langtons, a mid-market accountancy firm advising growing SME’s and owner managed businesses.  Dan has extensive hands on commercial experience working at board level with SME teams and has worked with a number of private-equity backed businesses across a variety of sectors.  From 2000 to 2006 Dan worked in the Private Equity Industry, initially as an Investment Manager at Granville Baird Capital Partners and latterly as an Investment Director at Merseyside Special investment Fund.  Prior to 2000 Dan worked at Ernst and Young, qualifying in the Entrepreneurial Services Audit team before moving to the Corporate Finance team.

John Randerson – Managing Director Bus Division

Joining the Mellor team in 2014 as Operations Manager John subsequently was promoted to General Manager and is now Managing Director of the division where he is now focused on providing elegant and high quality mini-bus solutions for our wide range of existing customers in both low floor and traditional coach-built ranges. Looking to the future John will oversee the continued growth in the division with the introduction of new products and will be ensuring the highly experienced and skilled team at Mellor continue to provide innovative options for low cost, lightweight and robust vehicles in the local authority, community transport and stage carriage sectors.



Warwick Ley – Non-Executive Director

Warwick has over 18 years experience in private equity investing, board directorships and  “Big 4” corporate finance advisory.  Warwick was a former partner of the private equity firm Endless LLP and prior to that a Director at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.  Warwick has led investments which have achieved top decile industry returns and has strong relationships across the UK advisory, banking, private equity and investor communities.  A chartered accountant, Warwick also is currently a board member of the Total Fitness Health Clubs Group and has previously held main board positions at well known companies such Crown Paints Group (Chairman 2009-11), Neville Johnson and Trutex Schoolwear.


paulnewtonPaul Newton- Non-Executive Director

Paul is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG in 1988. In 1991 he was a founder Director of the private equity backed Davenham Group, which he left in 1994 to help establish the Royal Bank of Scotland’s leveraged finance activities. In 1999 he was recruited to run Murray Johnstone’s (now Aberdeen Asset Management) North West office, which he did until he left to co-found Mosaic Private Equity with Mike Rogan in 2006. He has extensive experience of all aspects of private company investment. Paul has extensive board room experience with board positions including Brookhouse Aerospace Limited, Styles & Wood, Inspirepac Limited and Fish Administration (Holdings) Limited.


mikeroganMichael Rogan- Non-Executive Director

Mike qualified as a solicitor with London law firm Lawrence Graham in 1992. In 1995, he joined Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester specialising in corporate finance and private equity transactions. Mike left Addleshaw Goddard in 1999 and joined Aberdeen Asset Managers Private Equity as an Investment Director where he was responsible for all aspects of private equity transactions, post investment management and strategic development of investee companies. Mike is a founding director of Mosaic Private Equity, which he co–founded with Paul Newton in 2006. He has extensive boardroom experience over 15 years with board positions including Plaxton Limited, Citation plc, Inspirepac Limited and Fish Administration (Holdings) Limited.