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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Leading plant and machinery consultants, shm Smith Hodgkinson, have appointed a new chief operating officer, Mark Bailey.

Mark, 38, joins shm Smith Hodgkinson from Countrywide Property Lawyers, a subsidiary of Countrywide plc, where he was managing director. Under his leadership, the business was transformed from a loss-making organisation to a rapidly growing enterprise with a turnover in excess of £20 million. Prior to this, he was a management consultant at Gemini Consulting specialising in change management and business performance improvement.

Mark’s focus will be the management of the business and operations at shm Smith Hodgkinson following its acquisition by Gordon Brothers in May 2004. He will be working closely with directors, Neil and Andrew Duckworth and Richard Parkinson.

Mark commented: “Gordon Brothers have a genuine pride in shm Smith Hodgkinson and have aggressive targets for future growth. Using shm’s combined plant, machinery and property expertise, Gordon Brothers have a real ambition to develop their footprint in the commercial sector replicating their international success in the retail sector.”

Mark is a science graduate and an underwriter having qualified as a chartered insurer with Commercial Union. Mark is married and lives in Bolton, Lancashire.


Press contacts: Vicki Baxter or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 - or vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk> ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>

Note to Editors:

shm Smith Hodgkinson, a Gordon Brothers company, is the UK’s leading independent commercial auctioneer, appraiser and valuer of business assets providing services to banks, asset-based lenders, corporate finance professionals, and insolvency practitioners. The firm regularly undertakes the disposal of company assets for insolvency, restructuring and corporate closures.

shm has four offices in the UK  - Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London - and has a strong presence in South East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Bucharest, Belgrade, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

The firm has held a number of high profile auctions including, what is considered to be, the world’s largest when it sold the assets of the Amedeo Development Corporation in Brunei. 


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