Michael Sutton, Suttons Group

The Suttons Group is sad to announce the death of its chairman Michael Sutton who died on 8th May aged 66 following a short illness.

The son of founder Alf Sutton, Michael has been chairman of the logistics and supply chain company since 1987.

Working in the business since he was 19, Michael held a number positions before succeeding Alf as managing director in 1978 at the age of 30. During his time Michael oversaw the expansion of the group into new markets and territories across the world.

Not satisfied with maintaining the company’s position as a leading road haulier, Michael significantly developed the company’s portfolio of services, which now serves the chemicals, gases, food and fuels markets across the supply chain.

Still very much a family firm, Suttons’ current CEO is Michael’s eldest son John Sutton. His youngest son Robert Sutton is the Group’s IT director, and other family members sit on the Group’s board. Together the family issued a joint statement:

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of our chairman, Michael Sutton on May 8, 2015. He was a much-loved and respected leader, as well as a beloved father, grandfather and uncle. His presence, guidance and humour will be greatly missed.

“In the meantime, we would like to assure you that the family are determined to continue to run Suttons in the spirit that both Michael and Alf have done in the past.”