Cherwell welcomes new recruits as pharma environmental monitoring needs grow

By Gill Power

Autumn 2023 sees five new starters across Cherwell’s expanding business to support continuing business growth in cleanroom microbiology 

Bicester, UK, 20th November 2023: Cherwell, specialists in cleanroom microbiology solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and related industries, has welcomed five new recruits to its growing team to meet industry needs for increasingly rigorous environmental monitoring. Cherwell aims to support these needs by creating new and modifying existing roles to grow capacity, and become the go to provider for cleanroom microbiology, reliably offering consistently high-quality products and services.


Key drivers to growth in the pharmaceutical microbiology industry in recent times have included: regulatory changes such as GMP Annex 1 increasing quality stringency; technological advancements in pharmaceutical manufacturing; plus, the escalating use of personalised medicines and advanced therapeutics. All require additional levels of environmental monitoring meeting exacting standards for drug manufacture to ensure final product quality and patient safety. To support customers in these areas, the new roles cover production, technical, customer communications, business development, as well as HR.

“It’s an exciting time at Cherwell, we have ambitious growth plans, however, we don’t want to lose our focus on delivering excellent support to our customers. Our growth is creating new opportunities for existing employees but is also allowing us to welcome new people into the business, which is great for everyone, including our customers. The energy and buzz created from new thinking and ideas is exciting and bodes well for our future,” said Andy Whittard, Managing Director, Cherwell.

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As production has increased at Cherwell, so a recent review has identified that the business would benefit from splitting the current Production Manager position into two roles. Therefore, joining with broad industry experience, Leonid Cemezov expands Cherwell’s production team as the new Production Manager; while the former manager, Sue Ellis, is appointed to the new position of Supply Chain Manager. Working together, Sue and Leonid will drive the production department forward to ensure sufficient manufacturing capacity to support future company growth and evolving customer needs.

With extensive microbiology, scientific and technical skills, Dr Wan Li Low joins Cherwell as Microbiology Product Specialist with expert cleanroom microbiology knowledge to support customers with technical advice on environmental monitoring applications and products. As a Chartered Biologist, her proven professional skills will also be valuable in driving Cherwell’s continued excellence in delivering high quality products to customers, in conjunction with the rest of the Company’s well-established, highly successful team. 

Two other new roles are linked to effective customer communications and relations. Melis Parmaksiz joins as Channel Business Development Manager; as the primary point of contact for all pharmaceutical industry channel partners and export customers, she will be providing them with guidance, support and training. Within the new role of Content Creator, Martin Sketchley will work alongside Cherwell’s technical experts to create useful educational videos, articles, blogs, plus product and industry updates to inform and inspire customers.

Clare Child is an experienced HR professional who joins the team as a dedicated Human Resources Manager to support Cherwell’s strong workplace culture and company values in commitment to excellence and ethical business practice. Cherwell recognises that good people are one of its most valuable assets, and with an expanding company, finding, developing and retaining top talent is vital for continued success and delivering service excellence to its customers, enabling them to effectively manage their controlled environments and processes.


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