Founded in 1984, the Executive board is made up of professionals within the memorialisation industry.
The Committee meets regularly and its broad experience enables it to address the issues that affect the bereavement care industry. It is made up from memorial masonry wholesalers and retailers, as well as representatives from the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM).
Graeme Robertson is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Aberdeen based and family owned company, A & J Robertson (Granite) Ltd. The firm manufactures and imports granite memorials, which it sells to the trade throughout the UK and to the public through over 30 retail outlets.
He is Chairman of the Memorial Awareness Board and has been a volunteer on the MAB Executive for over 20 years. A past representative on Euro-Roc, the European association for the stone industry, he has a seat on the National Joint Council, which sets pay and conditions for memorial masonry operatives.
J Child & Son Ltd is a family run business established in 1899. Jenny Gregson is the fourth generation of the family to become Managing Director. The company specialises in producing new memorials for cemeteries and Churchyards and additional inscriptions on existing memorials. Employing a team of six people, J Child & Son offers additional services including re-fixing of memorials and cleaning and renovation of existing memorials, commemorative plaques and house names.
In 2004, Jenny helped establish the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM), which aims to establish a network of nationally accredited businesses and registered fixers that will ultimately replace individual Registration Schemes.
Brent Stevenson was educated at Burnley Grammar School after which he obtained a degree in Accountancy at Preston University.
He joined the family business as the fifth generation Stevenson since 1883. Amalgamated with Robertson of Aberdeen in 1987, he became a director of A & J Robertson (Granite) Ltd in 1990. Brent then went back to being a small retailer in 1996 to be joined by his son James in 1999, as the sixth generation monumental mason.
Today Brent is Honorary Treasurer of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM). It is the organisation designed to further develop the memorial masonry industry and safeguard the interests of the bereaved through the promotion of high standards, wide choice and increased understanding in all matters relating to natural stone memorials.
Since being at NAMM, the newsletter has been published on a monthly basis and retail subscriptions have been brought to a single band. He and James gained the City and Guilds Assessment and Inspection of Memorials, and hope to be among the some of the first to gain NAMMs Diploma in Memorial Masonry. Brent is also the Honorary Treasurer of MAB and on the Executive Committee since 2005.
Chris Lodge is a Director of Lodge Brothers (Funerals) Ltd, a seventh generation family business specialising in the provision of funerals, memorials and other related services. He graduated from Newcastle University in 1992 and joined the family business in 1995. He oversees the smooth running of the masonry department together with taking an active part in the strategy and development of Lodge Brothers. He is also a Voting Delegate on NAMM General Council.
Duncan Reynolds is the Managing Director of Odlings Ltd. Odlings is a Manufacturer and Wholesaler of granite, marble and soft stone memorials to the trade throughout the UK. It was established in 1870 by Mr Anselm Odling, and was subsequently purchased in 1967 by the Bridgwater Group, which is the family business of Duncan. The firm operates out of both Hull and Bristol to the trade, and through its Crown Memorial Branches to the public.
Duncan graduated from Durham University with a degree in Chemistry, and subsequently worked in the Pharmaceutical industry in Sales and Marketing. He joined the family business in 2005 as Managing Director of Essex Flameproofing. In 2008 he joined Odlings which required relocating to Yorkshire from Kent