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
Lucio is an ARB registered chartered architect with over eight years' experience working in the industry. 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 has specialised in designing a wide range of developments, from high-end, bespoke houses to large residential developments and conversions of listed buildings. 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, and we look forward to further enhancing and improving the designs of both current and future projects with our new design team.
Lucio Foglia
Lucio Foglia
Senior Project Architect - BA (hons) Dip arch ARB
Joao has recently joined the CDS design team after spending the last few years specialising in landscape architecture on a wide range of projects across the UK. 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, 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 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
Peter has recently joined CDS and qualified from the University of Plymouth with an MEng after studying Civil and Coastal Engineering. On completion of his University degree 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, 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

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

Our Accreditations

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