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First Crematorium in Malta

Following the passing of a Bill by the Maltese Government, Malta will be looking to build its first crematorium in the Country in the very  near future.

Malta has a population of approximately 433,000 those wanting cremation currently have to be flown off the island.  It is anticipated that a new crematorium will attract a significant number of people wishing to opt for an alternative to burial.

CDS are delighted to announce that the Maltese Government have appointed CDS to provide the environmental management and protection policy documents for the operation of the crematorium, and advise on its development.

This will involve the production of air quality and emissions management audits, operational activity schedules and putting together regulatory documentation to help  formalise a Maltese Cremation Act.

CDS are thrilled with the appointment and this award recognises the skills within the CDS team and its partners.

CDS Move into New Offices to Allow for Growth

Due to the continued development CDS have moved into larger premises on the campus at Wrest Park.

With capacity for twenty staff, the new facility provides a boardroom, kitchen and staff break room.

More space is needed as the company will be looking to take on further staff this year as it grows into broader service provision.

CDS Move to New Offices
CDS Move to New Offices

Planning Approved for 2 New Crematoriums

We are very proud to announce we have been awarded planning permission for two new crematoriums this week; on behalf of Huntingdon Town Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.  We are incredibly grateful to have worked with these Councils and we are excited to see these projects develop through to construction and grand opening!

Link to the local news article in the Hunts Post.

CDS Announces New CEO Appointments

A message from its founder Justin Smith.

Due to continued and rapid growth of CDS, I am proud to announce the appointments of joint CEOs Becky Ballinger and Darryl Kelly.

Many clients will know Becky as their planning manager or personal account manager.
Becky will now head up the planning team and will take responsibility for growing this area of the business.
Darryl joined us this year bringing with him a wealth of experience and new ideas.. Darryl has already made great strides in growing the environmental management element of the business and will be looking to expand this service into a range of sectors of the Local Authority market. Darryl with contaminated land assessment and reclamation experience will work with authorities to help release currently unusable land for more profitable and or sustainable uses.

As a joint CEO team Becky and Darryl will be responsible for the day to day operations and decision making of the business, each growing their respective departments but developing the business as an integral entity.

I will take on the role of Chairman and will be responsible for company policy and governance and will work closely with Becky and Darryl to continue to improve service and grow the business.

With CDS now turning over 7 figures annually, it now requires a young and energised team to continue the momentum of growth and keep CDS relevant and the most experienced operator in the market.

I hope these decisions will provide you as current and future customers an exemplary and unparalleled service going forward.

New Team Member

Darryl KellyWe are delighted to welcome Darryl Kelly to our team.

Darryl graduated from Southampton University with a Master’s degree in Geology (2:1) in 2006 after which he joined Southern Testing in June 2007 as a graduate engineer. Whilst working at Southern Testing for the last 11 years Darryl has progressed to a respected Senior Engineer gaining a wealth of knowledge with regards to soil logging, geotechnical design, contaminated land assessment, groundwater monitoring and technical report writing.

In addition, Darryl has been instrumental in updating and modernising the IT systems, winning two awards at the Keynetix Geotechnical Data Management awards for innovative use of software.

Whilst working at Southern Testing Darryl has strived to develop his personal and professional skills and aims to bring his wealth of knowledge with regards to Site Investigation, Groundwater Monitoring and Modelling to expand, enhance and develop the services that Cemetery Development Services can offer their clients.