The team at Wm Dodgson & Son Funeral Services know that the best way to help you is by listening to your needs.
Our experienced funeral directors and arrangers will take you through the funeral process and work with you to create a lasting positive memory. Our presence is always discreet and we will ensure that the service progresses smoothly.
Martin J Dodgson MBE
Wm Dodgson and Son was founded in Leeds in 1842 by Martin J Dodgson’s great-great-grandfather.
Martin J Dodgson has since became a consultant for the Leeds business, taking a more active role in public relations and conducting some funerals.
Martin, the remaining member of the Dodgson family, is supportive of the way the business is being conducted and that the principles and standards that were achieved by the Dodgson family over five generations are still being maintained.
Area Development Manager
Wendy joined Wm Dodgson in 2010 as a Funeral Arranger at Harrogate Road before being promoted to Diary Manager four years later and more recently to Area Development Manager.
She says: “I am proud to work for such an established company with over 175 years of service to the community. We offer the highest quality standards and are regarded as the best funeral directors in Leeds.”
In her spare time she likes to go walking; going on holidays and socialising with her friends. She has a young son who is a big football fan so they like to see Leeds United at Elland Road.
Funeral Service Operative – Harehills
Paul has several years’ funeral experience and came to work at Wm Dodgson in October 2015. He is a perfectionist and enjoys the camaraderie and pride of being part of a first-class team on funerals. He is hoping to start training to conduct and arrange funerals in the future and is very client focused aiming to meet and exceed their expectations.
Funeral Operative – Harehills
Anthony came to work at Wm Dodgson in January 2016. Although he is not from a funeral background he thoroughly enjoys his role and the part he plays in delivering the ‘Dodgson’ traditions.
Administrator – Harehills
Charlotte joined the team in February 2008, as our Administrator and Receptionist and has gained a wealth of knowledge in her time here. As a busy mum to three children, family is very important to her and she feels this helps her to empathise with the families that we help. She has organised many charity events in her time here for St Gemma’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society – both of which are causes close to her heart.
Funeral Arranger – Halton
Makela started working for Wm Dodgson in October 2007 as a Funeral Arranger at the Moortown branch. She has since helped families in other branches when and where needed, including the main hub. Makela loves her job and is very passionate about her role – going above and beyond to make a painful time for families as easy as possible. She is a mum of two teenage daughters and in her spare time she is a taxi driver to her girls!
Funeral Arranger – Halton
Tori has many years’ experience in the funeral industry and says she particularly enjoys helping families to achieve a lasting memory of their loved one. She also enjoys getting involved with the local community doing such things as cake sales in aid of the local hospice and Easter colouring competitions with a nearby school.
Funeral Arranger/Conductor – Moortown
Jack is new to this vocation having come to Dodgson’s after leaving college to pursue his goal of entering into this line of work. Jack is passionate about his work as he wants to make a difficult time for families that little bit easier. In his spare time he enjoys socialising and is a keen sportsman.
Funeral Director – Kippax & Middleton Park
Andy joined the business in February 2009 as a casual Funeral Service Operative and is now our Funeral Director arranging and conducting funerals. He also conducts bereavement training within the community for the staff at the local nursing homes. Prior to this Andy had his own business for 10 years, buying and selling used cars. In his spare time he plays golf, which he has done since he was 15 years old. He also plays Crown Green Bowls, which he has done for the last three years. He loves his holidays and likes a flutter on the horses.
Funeral Arranger – Kippax
Before starting work with Wm Dodgson, Jackie worked for a recruitment agency for 13 years but she is really enjoying her change of career and likes being a part of a great team. She worked in retail for a number of years, so she has plenty of experience dealing with the public. She enjoys travelling, training in the gym, gardening and cake making in her spare time.
Funeral Arranger – Middleton Park
Nancy enjoys her job immensely, and particularly enjoys being involved with the local community. She likes joining in with the coffee mornings, visiting schools and old people’s day centres, plus doing charity work.
Funeral Director – Moortown
David is a graduate in Psychology and Theology and a former vicar. He has worked in Leeds with homeless men and provided hostel care for people with mental health problems. His other roles have included working with troubled teenagers. David has also worked in the Far East and had a spell in farming. He is a member of Moortown Community Group and Chapel Allerton Allotments and is a keen reader, especially of modern history and George Perec novels.