LEADERSHIP CHANGES AS CAWOOD SCIENTIFIC PREPARES FOR FURTHER GROWTH

April 28, 2020



The UK’s largest independent provider of analysis to the land-based sector, Cawood Scientific Ltd (Cawood), is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Parrington as Managing Director and Jez Smith as Technical and Operations Director.
Simon Parrington brings with him over two decades of industry experience. Joining us from SOYL, where he has been for the last 24 years, he brings a wealth of knowledge in precision farming techniques. Simon was fundamental in establishing SOYL as the leading precision farming business both in the UK and more recently in Europe, he has a profound understanding of the use of data and technology on farm, as well as agronomy and soil health.

Jez Smith’s career spans more than 26 years within the analytical laboratory sector and has held senior leadership roles throughout the UK and Scotland in a number of highly regarded laboratories leading cross functional teams in a range of lab-based testing services. His knowledge and expertise in all aspects of laboratory operations will further assist the development of the Cawood Group.
Simon states “Cawood has a deserved reputation as the leading analytical laboratory in land-based industries. We have a tremendous opportunity to innovate, grow further and diversify into new sectors, bringing our strong business values to match the demands and high expectations of our customers. Cawood’s values and service are facets I have respected as a customer over many years, and I am excited to be on board and part of the great team that will take these to the next level.”
Simon and Jez will lead delivery of the company’s growth goals as well as building on the outstanding reputation for service to Cawood’s customers.

Simon and Jez will succeed Nigel Patrick and Linda Radnor who are both stepping down from their day to day duties, but will remain involved with the business, working with Cawood’s Chairman, Lord Donald Curry on the strategic direction of Cawood Scientific. Both Nigel and Linda have been with Cawood for over two decades and have been central in developing Cawood into the market leading company it is today. During their tenure, they have overseen the growth of Cawood from its original Berkshire based NRM business into an accomplished UK wide business employing over 420 staff, analysing over 1.5million samples each year in seven divisions across ten sites. Lord Curry commented “I have enjoyed a special and close working relationship with both Nigel and Linda further strengthened by our passion for the agricultural industry. One of their many strengths is the understanding and latitude when faced with the unpredictability of the agricultural world which has allowed Cawood to flourish. Nigel and Linda’s commitment and dedication to Cawood has helped to ensure that they leave the organisation in a resilient position to face the future and I look forward to working with them, together with Simon and Jez on the next chapter of the Cawood business. This is an exciting moment for Cawood Scientific and I am sure the new team will build on its current successful foundations”.