Influential and respected industry stalwart steps down.
The Coleman Group has announced that David Coleman is retiring as Chairman after 55 years with the company.
David Coleman joined Coleman & Company in 1962 straight from school, the year it was incorporated, becoming a shareholder in 1966, Managing Director in 1984 and Group Chairman in 2010.
During his career, he has been a hugely influential figure in the demolition and recycling industry as regional Chairman of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and an original stakeholder in WRAP.
David took over from his parents – Nora and John Coleman – who started the business from their front room in a difficult period after the war.
David’s son Mark Coleman now steps up from Group Managing Director to take the role of Chief Executive, where he will concentrate on strategic leadership and innovation taking over the reins from his father.
In paying tribute to his father, Mark said: “Through six decades Dave has steered The Coleman Group to where it is today, while holding dear to our family values. He has been an inspiration to me and he will be missed but, I know I can always count on his knowledge and support.”
James Howard, Director, will become Group Managing Director and assume responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business. James stated that he is “humbled to be taking over from Mark as Group Managing Director. We have a fantastic team here at The Coleman Group and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading that team as we build the business together.”
“I know The Coleman Group goes forward in the best possible hands,” David Coleman concludes. “Mark and James have worked extremely well together over the last 12 years and they are surrounded by an excellent team.”