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Coleman Group changes MD and chairman

Coleman Group, the demolition firm involved in the Didcot collapse, has undergone a management shake-up that sees its chairman stepping down after 55 years.

David Coleman announced he will be retiring from his position as chairman, while his son and managing director Mark Coleman will become chief executive.

The move sees Mark Coleman move away from the day-to-day running of the business, focusing instead on strategic leadership and innovation.

General manager James Howard, who has been in the role for 12 years, takes over as group managing director and will run business operations, becoming the first non-family member to take on the role.

David Coleman joined the business in 1962 when the firm was run by his parents.

In 1966 he was made a shareholder before being promoted to managing director in 1984, a role he would hold until 2010 when he became chairman.

He said: “I know the Coleman Group goes forward in the best possible hands. Mark and James have worked extremely well together over the last 12 years and they are surrounded by an excellent team.”

Mr Coleman’s departure comes less than a week after Thames Valley Police announced it was continuing to consider corporate manslaughter offences in the ongoing investigation into the collapse at Didcot Power Station in 2016, which left four Coleman & Company employees dead. 

A statement was also released by Mr Howard stating that the firm was “actively and openly collaborating” with the police, and wanted to understand the cause of the collapse to provide justice for the families and lessons for the industry.


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