Lawrence founded Cherwell Laboratories back in 1971, as a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Since then, the business has evolved into a manufacturing and distribution company with clients across the UK and Europe. Lawrence said, "It is very satisfying to see how the company has developed, although I would never have guessed the path it would follow back in 1971! I am very pleased it has matured into a stable and profitable enterprise with a stable customer base."
Cherwell Laboratories was founded by Lawrence Whittard in 1971 as a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
Lawrence was an entrepreneur and had an eye for an opportunity. Cherwell evolved and became a distributor for a range of laboratory equipment. A focus on microbiology, and particularly within the pharma sector, set the foundations for the business
Today, Cherwell is a specialist supplier of ‘cleanroom microbiology solutions’ with products for environmental monitoring and process validation for healthcare, pharmaceutical and industrial applications.
From our site in Bicester, we manufacture Redipor® Prepared Media, our own range of microbiological media products which has been developed to meet the specific needs of our customers.
We also supply SAS® and ImpactAir® microbial air samplers and monitors, as well as a range of EM accessories.
Cherwell focuses on supplying high quality and bespoke products supported by excellent customer service.
This ethos is fundamental to our values as a family business and helped us achieve ISO9001:2015 accreditation for:
‘the manufacture and supply of microbiological media. Supply, service and calibration of viable air sampling equipment. Distribution and sales of laboratory equipment and consumables’.
For further information on our ISO9001:2015 accreditation please download our current Quality Management Certificate.
Every batch of prepared media is quality tested to the strictest standards and comes with full certification
Ensuring your environmental monitoring equipment is calibrated every six months
"I met with representatives from Cherwell at the Cleanroom Technology Conference recently, and found them to be not only approachable and friendly, but also highly knowledgeable and able to help with a query I had on microbial monitoring of compressed air."
Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit, Portsmouth
"Friendly, helpful, efficient. Always get a prompt reply to any query. Always feel like a valued customer. Definitely feel like the company cares about it's customers and respects the industry we work in."
"I contacted Cherwell in relation to getting an empty vial with a flip top lid for a planned process validation. The person dealing with my request could not have been more helpful and really went the extra mile in helping me to get the product I needed."
Industrial Pharmaceutical Company
"Staff are always quick to respond and try to help as much as possible within the scope of their own knowledge/ability. If they are unable to help, they will always forward the query onto someone who can."
"Great customer service and always keeping our company informed of changes particularly concerning regulatory matters that could impact us. Helpful, friendly, efficient."
"Your service has always been very good, as well as your documentation. Quite a lot of companies you have to chase these days for deliveries and certificates. You always send them promptly."
Cleaning Products Supplier
"Thank you! Once again – great service! Goods received within 2 days of ordering and all packaging intact, CoAs received same day."
Industrial Pharmaceutical Company
"Service from Cherwell is outstanding. The equipment is extremely reliable. That's what we ask for."
"Hassle free. Quality product. Minimal QC issues with good communication when they do occur."
Andy has been Managing Director at Cherwell since 2005. He originally joined the business in 1990 as a service engineer then transferred into sales, eventually joining the board as Sales Director in 1994. Since being appointed MD he has overseen significant growth in the business.
Andy is a Cranfield School of Management Business Growth Programme alumnus and is second generation in the family business.
Martyn joined Cherwell in 2015, having always been in manufacturing. He trained in Production Engineering and has led many disciplines from quality, process engineering, new product introduction, production and General Management. His industry experience spans from automotive to medical device/pharmaceutical and he has enjoyed global corporations to start ups and now back with a family owned enterprise.
Alan has been with Cherwell since 2016 as part-time Finance Director. He has over 25 years’ experience working in senior financial positions and was FD of several medium-sized manufacturing businesses in a variety of industries including electronics, paper and aerospace.
Since 2012, Alan has worked as an interim and part-time FD using his experience to help smaller businesses improve their financial performance
Microbiology Product Specialist
Hamish joined the Cherwell team in January 2019. Hamish holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and has a number of years’ experience based in Clinical Microbiology Laboratories before working in the medical devices industry.
His more recent roles focused on providing technical expertise and managing customer relations. This previous experience in similar roles within technical support and customer service really strengthens our team.
Ritchie has been a Sales Specialist at Cherwell since 2016. Prior to joining the team at Cherwell Ritchie worked for both manufacturers and distributors in the Life Science and associated industries for over 20 years. During this time Ritchie acquired a good knowledge of Environmental Monitoring sampling and equipment.
His good understanding and appreciation of GMP and sterile production; along with his knowledge of the latest industry guidelines; means that Ritchie is able to fully understand and help us satisfy customer needs.
Jonathan has been heading up the Engineering department at Cherwell since April 2019. Jonathan studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Portsmouth University before completing 15 years in the newspaper printing industry. He then worked for 8 years in various roles in the fast-moving consumable goods industry.
His previous roles have focused on engineering, quality and production management. His skills in these areas will identifying key opportunities to further enhance manufacturing processes and engineering systems here at Cherwell.
Microbiology Sales Specialist
Thomas joined the sales team at Cherwell in October 2019. He studied Molecular Biology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, before moving to Biocatalysts, an enzyme manufacturer, based in Cardiff. During his five years with Biocatalysts, Thomas progressed to the role of Business Manager for Northern Europe territory.
Tom brings valuable additional experience of technical sales and project management to our team. This combined with his energy and enthusiasm in microbiology will help us to continue to deliver added value to our customers.