“Traditional hand-finished craftsmanship is still at the core of every vehicle conversion that we undertake and this is complemented by our modern technological facility. We continually reinvest in our plant and personnel”

Geoff Hudson Managing Director

CM Specialist Vehicle Division is a market leader in specialist vehicle conversions. Established in 1998, our brand is synonymous with quality, resilience and innovation.

Since 1998, CM Specialist Vehicle Division has been supplying the highest quality blue light vehicles to the UK Emergency Service sector. Our combination of engineering excellence and design innovation has led us to develop a range of robust feature-rich cars and vans.

Our coach building experience ensures that quality and reliability are built in from the start of every vehicle conversion we undertake. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver all products to the highest standard and meet any requests to ensure customer satisfaction.

Meet the Team

  • Geoff Hudson

    Managing Director

    Geoff Hudson

    Managing Director

    Geoff has been with the company for over 44 years and has worked in all three divisions. Geoff joined the company as an apprentice coachbuilder straight from school and has worked his way through the business to Managing Director.

    E: Geoff.hudson@woodall-nicholson.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Alison Hamilton

    Divisional Manager

    Alison Hamilton

    Divisional Manager

    Alison joined the company in 2001 as Buyer dedicated to Coleman Milne and CM Specialist Vehicles. Her success led to promotion to Purchasing Manager in 2005. Now Divisional Manager for CM Specialist Vehicles, her overall experience and dedication to the business is to be put to use in the continued growth of the business and the committed team.

    E: alison.hamilton@cm-specialist.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Mark Christopher

    Key Account Manager

    Mark Christopher

    Key Account Manager

    Mark joined us in early 2016 as Key Account Manager bringing over 10 years industry experience to the team. Mark is well known in the industry and is the first point of contact for all existing and new customers.  

    E: mark.christopher@cm-specialist.co.uk
    T: 07834 541135
  • Jane Brown

    Sales Administrator

    Jane Brown

    Sales Administrator

    Jane joined the team in 2016 as a Sales Office Administrator and has extensive knowledge and skills following 20 successful years as an account manager. Jane works closely with customers and suppliers to build strong relationship and provide a first class service

    E: jane.brown@cm-specialist.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Brian Dardis

    Production Manager

    Brian Dardis

    Production Manager

    As the longest serving member of the CM Specialist team, Brian has been an integral cog of the businesses since he joined the team in 1971 in the trim shop of sister company Coleman Milne. Brian is now responsible for a team of 75 staff and ensures the smooth day to day running of the production facility.

    E: brian.dardis@cm-specialist.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Simon Baxendale

    Design Engineer

    Simon Baxendale

    Design Engineer

    Simon joined the company in 2011 as Design Engineer responsible for the design of vehicle layouts, design components and generating designs for bespoke enquiries. His previous experience includes designing fire engines for TVAC and has a BSc in product Design.

    E: simon.baxendale@woodall-nicholson.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Andy Foster

    Electrical Engineer

    Andy Foster

    Electrical Engineer

    Andy joined the company in August 2011 as Chief Electrical Engineer responsible for the supervision of electrical staff and creation of bill of Labour and bill of materials for emergency service quotations. Having completed thirteen years in the Royal Corp of Signals, Andy entered the blue light sector.

    E: andrew.foster@cm-specialist.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600
  • Shaun Sherrington

    Aftersales Spares Co-ordinator

    Shaun Sherrington

    Aftersales Spares Co-ordinator

    After 20 years in the aerospace industry, Shaun has spent the last 7 years dedicated to CM Specialist Vehicle Division. Shaun’s role is vital in providing a fast, reliable service to keep down-time of vehicles to a minimum and reaching the highest standards in customer service.

    E: shaun.sherrington@coleman-milne.co.uk
    T: 01942 815600 or 07545 503243

CM Specialist Vehicle Division Heritage

  • 1820

    Pierceys Coachbuilders formed to serve a market with Horsedrawn & Hansom Cabs

  • 1873

    Thomas Woodall Nicolson bought & re launched Piercey’s under his own name

  • 1914

    Following the death of Thomas, control was passed to son Charles who specialised in building bespoke bodywork for various prominent motor manufacturers

  • 1933

    Under new management, Woodall-Nicholson began specialise in converting used Rolls-Royce chassis into hearses

  • 1953

    Coleman Milne established at Bolton by partners John Coleman & Roderick Milne

  • 1970

    Coleman Milne became well known for Ford Vehicle Conversions for the funeral trade

  • 1972

    Mellor built it’s first passenger carrying vehicle for Manchester City Council

  • 1981

    Coleman Milne was sold to the Hawley Group

  • 1983

    WN & Hawley Group merged and CM became specialist in Funeral Vehicle conversions

  • Mellor Coachcraft was bought by the Henly Group after the death of founder Tom Mellor

  • 1985

    Hawley Group purchased Henlys and Coleman Milne

  • 1987

    Hawley Group purchased by new ADT who closed the Halifax branch and centred operations in Bolton

  • 1989

    Plaxton Group purchased ADT consisting Henlys Ford, Coleman Milne & Mellor Coachcraft

  • 1992

    Following a Management buy out, Woodall Nicholson became holding company for Coleman Milne & Mellor Coach Craft

  • 1998

    Coleman Milne began building Specialist Vehicle Conversions and expanded the portfolio to Blue Light Services

  • 2001

    Coleman Milne lead the field with the launch of the first Australian Ford range of ceremonial vehicles

  • July 2013

    Management Buy Out.
    FD & MD retires. Former Sales Director becomes MD with Brian Davidson as Chairman and Dan Jackson as FD

  • November 2013

    Coleman Milne re launches their Blue Light division as CM Specialist Vehicle Division

  • September 2014

    Woodall Nicholson Group acquires the IP and manufacturing assets of former CM Specialist Vehicle Division competitor - AES Manchester.

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