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. Justin has developed a number of patented soil management technologies used internationally by the sports and agricultural sector. For the past 15 years, Justin has been in the cemetery development industry specialising in groundwater protection and planning.
Justin Smith
Chairman
Becky has been working with CDS for 6 years and is responsible for compiling the multiple elements of the planning packages and ensuring the client is always informed of every stage of proposed developments.
Becky Ballinger
Director
Darryl, MGeol, FGS, is a qualified Geologist with over 11 years’ experience in the site investigation industry. As Technical Director he 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
Technical Director
Alex, BSc (Hons) Soil Science, MPhil, MI Soil Sci, is a professional Soil Scientist with specialism in soil water management and drainage. He has over 25 years’ experience in applied soil management and has worked extensively in both the UK, Europe and Africa. He undertakes groundwater risk assessments as well as drainage investigations, design and management.
Alex Vickers
Soil Engineer
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
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
Senior Technician
Richard, a Chartered Landscape Architect, joined CDS after running his own Landscape Architecture practice for over 15 years; specialising in the design and assessment of a wide range of projects focused on waterways and open spaces. Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in landscape design and planting, and his creative design skills bring proposed landscape schemes to life.
Richard Glen
Landscape Architect
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
Technical Officer
James, like Ben, is currently undertaking a year-long placement with CDS as part of his 4-year BSc Geography sandwich degree. With first and second year studies focusing on geology, soils, hydrology and GIS, James predominantly assists with completing Tier 1 Site Suitability Reports and Tier 2 Groundwater Assessments for clients. To date, he has completed several of these reports and also compiled planning documentation for future developments.
James Doyle
Technical Officer
Lucy, having undertaken a 1-year placement with CDS, is currently finishing her final year of her 4-year BSc Physical Geography sandwich degree after which she will re-join CDS in September 2020 as a Graduate Technical Officer. Lucy, on her return, 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
Graduate 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
Officer Manager

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