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, expanding the services offered to cover open space development and environmental solutions. 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
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
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
Landscape Architect - Design Team Lead
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
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, as well as in aviation and education. 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 Technician
William joins CDS having had a background in managing large scale ground investigation projects across the UK, managing multiple drilling rigs and was responsible for providing daily progress updates as well as undertaking detailed soil logging to British Standards. William joins Darryl our Technical Director in the environmental team, further expanding the services offered to our clients with regards to environmental services and detailed ground investigation works.
William Gaunt
William Gaunt
Site Engineer
Lucy, having graduate with a 1st Class Degree from Coventry University in Physical Geography has re-joined CDS in May 2020 as a Technical Officer. Lucy, building on the experience gained in her placement year at CDS will continue to assist with and complete Environmental Site Assessments, GIS evaluation of site suitability, as well as undertaking a range of planning documentation for future developments in the sectors of Cemeteries and Crematoriums and Parks and Leisure.
Lucy Pedder
Lucy Pedder
Technical Officer
Ben is currently undertaking a year-long placement with CDS as part of his 4-year BSc Physical Geography sandwich degree; with first and second year studies focusing on sustainable development, hydrology, SuDS and environmental management. Ben completes groundwater and environmental assessments for clients and assists with the production and design of SuDS and drainage schemes. Ben also gets involved with the planning team, helping to complete planning documents for future developments; having a keen interest in green infrastructure.
Ben Copeland
Ben Copeland
Technical Officer
Marcela joined CDS as an office administrator but quickly progressed to become Office Manager at the beginning of 2019. Marcela is responsible for the day to day running of the office, including managing diaries, arranging meetings, issuing invoices and monitoring IT systems.
Marcela Wray
Marcela Wray
Officer Manager

Our Clients

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

Our Accreditations

Institute of Groundsmanship Accreditation
Bloom
UKGBC
SC-ISO 9001
ICCM
APSE