About The CDS Group

Cemetery Development Services Ltd (CDS) was founded in 2003 but its historical association with the cemetery industry dates back to 1999 when its founder, Justin Smith, undertook some of the first Environment Agency Groundwater Risk Assessments introduced for new developments.

Over the last 16 years, CDS has undertaken in excess of 400 feasibility studies and designed and built over 40 new cemeteries both in the UK and overseas. As a result of the success and reputation in the cemetery market, CDS has expanded into designing and developing new crematoria sites for both private companies and local authorities; with many new sites currently under construction and many more at various stages of feasibility, design and planning.

Our Team

Justin, HND (Dist), is a qualified agronomist and has over 30 years’ experience in plant soil and water management. Having formed Cemetery Development Services Ltd in 2004, Justin has been instrumental in the growth of the company in the cemetery and crematoria market, before re branding in 2019 to The CDS Group. Justin liaises closely clients across the UK who are seeking to develop new cemeteries, cemetery extension and specialises in need assessment and feasibility assessments for new crematorium development.
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Business and Development Director
Becky is one of the three Directors of CDS and undertakes all of the cemetery and crematorium planning applications on behalf of our clients, with over a 95% success rate achieved on applications managed by CDS. Becky also undertakes all co-ordination of the in-house delivery teams and external consultants to ensure a seamless delivery process, whereby all parties are in total connection to each other’s needs through a centrally co-ordinated system managed by Becky.
Becky Ballinger
Becky Ballinger
Director
Darryl, MGeol, FGS, is a qualified Geologist with over 11 years’ experience in the site investigation industry undertaking a wide range of ground investigation work, remediation and ground stability investigations. As Technical Director Darryl brings his experience in site investigation, groundwater monitoring and modelling to expand, enhance and develop the services that The CDS Group has to offer its clients.
Darryl Kelly
Darryl Kelly
Technical Director
Anne, MSGD MBALI MCIHort is an experienced, award winning landscape designer. She is an Associate Member the Landscape Institute and a show garden judge for the Royal Horticultural Society. Anne has worked on a wide range of commercial and domestic projects throughout the UK, combining horticultural expertise with sensitive planting design and technical skills. She is the author of several gardening books, magazine articles and her own garden blog, and has served on the Editorial Panel for the Garden Design Journal.
Anne Jennings
Anne Jennings
Associate Director
Lucio is an ARB registered chartered architect. Having first read architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, graduating with First Class Honours, Lucio then completed his Architectural studies at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Cambridge. In recent years. Lucio’s interests in contemporary designs that consider and respond to their surrounding context and interests in sustainable construction and the use of natural materials complements The CDS Group’s Green Agenda
Lucio Foglia
Lucio Foglia
Senior Project Architect - BA (hons) Dip arch ARB
Callum has recently joined CDS as a Senior Engineer with over 10 years experience in the Site Investigation industry, undertaking a wide range of contaminated land and geotechnical assessments on various sites including residential developments, commercial properties, and brownfield land. Callum has a vast array of experience in the organisation of both small- and large-scale site investigation works and has a background in waste classification work. Callum's experience will expand the service offering to our clients.
Callum Ward
Callum Ward
Senior Engineer
Joao qualified with a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Portugal in 2019 and strives to deliver a better world via creative, responsible, ethical and professional approaches to landscape design. Joao's experience and commitment to environmental improvement fits perfectly with our green agenda enabling us to provide our clients with high quality designs with strong environmental benefits.
Joao Marques
Joao Marques
Assistant Landscape Architect
Anthony has over 30 years of experience in the architectural sector and has worked extensively in a variety of sectors including existing and new build housing, retail, commercial and ecclesiastical. Having spent nearly 5 years as a contractor with his own limited company, he joined EHW in January 2018 as a senior architectural technician. Over the years, Anthony’s role has traditionally been in producing construction information for larger projects but has also run smaller individual projects in their entirety from conception to completion.
Anthony Milne
Anthony Milne
Senior Architectural Technician
Paul, Dip Des DIT, is experienced in producing 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawings for various disciplines of the company. He works closely with the Landscape Architect and environment team to produce master plans for planning, site layouts and drainage management schemes.
Paul Carvill
Paul Carvill
CAD Designer
On completion of his University degree at University of Plymouth, Peter joined a well respected Civil Engineering company on the south coast where for 5 years he specialised in infrastructure and drainage engineering as well as providing detailed documents for planning applications of behalf of their clients. Peter undertakes the civil and drainage design work at CDS using the latest drainage modelling software to provide our clients with cost effective and efficient drainage solutions to meet the current LLFA requirements.
Peter Steele
Peter Steele
Infrastructure and Drainage Enginner
Lucy graduated with a First-Class degree in BSc Physical Geography in 2020. Whilst on placement at CDS, Lucy wrote her dissertation, investigating whether groundwater is more vulnerable where there is a higher need for burials. Lucy re-joined CDS in May 2020 and her role has developed largely into undertaking feasibility works for new cemeteries and crematoria; establishing need and assessing site suitability play a critical part of these studies. Lucy also conducts stakeholder engagement surveys and writes other planning documentation.
Lucy Pedder
Lucy Pedder
Project Development Officer
Ben, having graduated with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Degree from Coventry University, has over 2 years of experience with CDS. Ben has completed many Feasibility and Need Assessments for successful crematorium & cemetery applications. Ben is affiliated with the Royal Town Planning Institute, he has a critical understanding of the planning process. One of Ben's main responsibilities is CDS’s 'Green Agenda', he was the author of "A comparison of gas and electric cremator emissions in the UK", being used by key decision makers in the industry.
Ben Copeland
Ben Copeland
Technical Officer - Planning
Emma joined CDS as Office Manager in 2021. Emma is responsible for the day to day running of the office, including managing diaries, arranging meetings, issuing invoices and monitoring IT systems. More importantly Emma is our main point of contact between our clients and the teams working on the projects and strives to ensure all clients are managed effectively and promptly.
Emma Fediw
Emma Fediw
Officer Manager
Leanne joined CDS as Finance Manager in February 2022 following five years at a well known regional accounting practice. Leanne is AAT registered and is currently working towards her ACCA qualification. Leanne plays a key role within CDS, efficiently and accurately overseeing the financial management of the business as well as having a hands on approach to the day to day business operations.
Leanne Wilson
Leanne Wilson
Finance Manager
Adam graduated from Coventry University with a 2:1 Ba (Hons) in Geography. Adam joined CDS after 18 months in the public sector where he worked with partners to deliver a review of the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership and focussed on improving sustainability in the sector for years to come. Adam has joined the growing Planning Team at CDS and will be assisting with feasibility and planning including the refurbishment of existing crematoria and the green alternatives to traditional methods of cremation.
Adam Muspratt
Adam Muspratt
Graduate Technical Officer
Lettie joined CDS as head of HR to keep all staff in-line, provide encouragement and to ensure all staff ate the correct food and enjoyed a daily walk whatever the weather.
Lettie
Lettie
Head of HR

Our Clients

South Wales Sports Grounds
High Peak Borough Council
Coventry City Council
Buntingford TC
Basildon Borough Council
Flitwick TC
Blackpool Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
London Borough of Croydon
Charnwood
Derby City Council
Banbury TC
Bristol City Council
Powys County Council
London Borough Islington Camden
Hambleton District Council
Wycombe District Council
East Cambs DC
Huntingdon TC
Wokingham Borough Council

Our Accreditations

Acclaim SSIP Accreditation
AGS
FBCA
Construction Line - GoldMembership
Grounds Management Association
Bloom
UKGBC
SC-ISO 9001
ICCM
APSE