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Welcome to Cherwell

Cherwell is a UK based manufacturer, centrally located in Oxfordshire. We are a growing family-owned business serving both the UK and international markets.
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“I have worked for Cherwell for 23 years, initially in Production but then changed career and moved into an office role, something I had never done but the company helped me reinvent my career. It is a good, family run business where everyone is friendly & co-operative in helping me provide answers for our customers, bringing my wealth of knowledge to customers old and new.”

Debby

 

THIS IS OUR CULTURE

Our culture is based on three words:
Reliable, Adaptable, Partnership

Reliable, strong, means doing what you need, or doing what I said I would do.

With our customers, that might be:

  • Hitting our dispatch dates
  • Setting and managing customer expectations clearly and proactively
  • Ensuring our products do what they are supposed to
  • Fixing issues quickly, 1st time where possible
  • Being knowledgeable and concise about our products
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With each other, that might be:

  • Hitting my deadlines and targets
  • Responding to internal enquiries and requests promptly
  • Being there when I’m expected, ready to work
  • Delivering information quickly
  • Doing high quality work

Why work at Cherwell? 

Find out what our Customer Support Supervisor, Alex, enjoys about working at Cherwell:

She's worked here for 10 years this year.

"I love that every day is different.  It brings new challenges."

Watch Alex's video to find out more.

Some of the benefits you will receive at Cherwell

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Company Bonuses

We celebrate each Christmas with an extra bonus for everybody in the firm if we’ve had a good year.

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Extra days off work

On top of your standard holiday allowance, we add extra days as your service grows; an extra day for each 3 years of service

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Pension contributions

It’s never too early to start to build your pension. We will help you by providing a company contribution equal to 5% of your salary.

Adaptable means developing our products, processes – and ourselves - to meet what our customers need

With our customers, that might be:

  • Where we can, meeting specific customer needs
  • Being innovative and open minded to improving existing products or introducing new products
  • Being professional, friendly and approachable (always) and catering our approach to fit the customer and circumstances
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With each other, that might be:

  • Willing to change and improve how we do things (tools, systems and processes) to ensure they work well/better for what the business needs
  • Improving our skills and knowledge to better understand each other, our business and our customers
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“I enjoy coming to work and remember my first day clearly when the MD passed me in on the stairs, recognised I was new, knew my name and said hello. It is obvious the people at the top are in touch with their staff, the management team are all very approachable and know what is going on.”

Nick

 

Partnership means that we are supportive, helpful & committed to our customer and each other

With our customers, that might be:

  • Working together to make sure the customer experiences ‘one Cherwell’, one company working together, not multiple departments
  • Building relationships with customers that emphasises long term, ongoing work together
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With each other, that might be:

  • Thinking about the impact my work has on others and giving them the information and support they need to get the job done
  • Working positively together with others – often outside of my immediate team - to ensure the customer gets what they need and lending a hand when it’s needed
  • Being supportive and kind to each other
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“I love working at Cherwell because it is a very inclusive company where everyone is treated the same. Nothing is kept from us and I know where the company is going and what is expected of me. I love the variety in my role and helping out others to resolve issues.”

Jan

 

THE CHERWELL PEOPLE

Meet Our Team

Andy Whittard

Managing Director

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Managing Director

Andy Whittard

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 Young

Operations Director

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Operations Director

Martyn Young

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.

Steven Brimble

Director of Quality & Technology

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Director of Quality & Technology

Steven Brimble

Steven joined Cherwell in 2016 and is now the Director of Quality and Technology. He oversees the quality assurance and quality control of products manufactured, alongside driving forward continuous improvements and supporting product developments to meet customer needs.

Steven’s career started in an onsite QC testing laboratory for a food production company. He started in microbiology, leading to managing independent testing laboratories, working alongside major food and water industries in ensuring quality of product from manufacture through to quality control. Later moving into a career within Public Health England for 16 years.

He holds a master’s degree in biomedical science, is a practitioner with the Chartered Quality Institute and is a member of Institute of Directors.

Emma Millburn

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Director of Sales and Marketing

Emma Millburn

Emma Millburn has been part of the Cherwell team since November 2020. Initially joining as the Director of Sales, she has brought extensive sales experience that spans over 20 years. Having worked for large multinationals to SME corporations. Emma has a proven track record in sales and leading sales teams, that has led to her holding several strategic positions within her career.

 

More recently Emma's taken on the roles of Director of Sales and Marketing, coordinating the go to market strategy for the business. The role is pivotal in creating and executing plans that align with the company's objectives, ensuring a cohesive and effective approach to the market.

Emma thrives in a high pressured, fast paced environment and holds the responsibility for the strategic sales and marketing approach. Emma is passionate about creating high performing teams and processes, while driving ambitious growth, within the Domestic, European, and international markets.

Stuart Hall

Director of Finance

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Director of Finance

Stuart Hall

Stuart joined Cherwell Laboratories to head up the Finance team in May 2021. Stuart brings experience from a wide range of industries including construction, petrochemical, hotel and property management. Stuart is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA).

With strong analytical skills, Stuart ensures we keep on the right track while the company progresses through this exciting growth phase.

Sue Ellis

Supply Chain Manager

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Supply Chain Manager

Sue Ellis

Sue joined Cherwell in April 1990. Since then, she has grown and progressed with the company. Her hands-on experience in all departments has allowed her to have input into the many developments that have happened since her start. She has helped and supported the company to grow in a positive way over her 30+ years here.

Her current role as Supply Chain Manager includes overseeing the Supply Chain Department.  Together they organise and plan the supply of production materials required, to ensure that Cherwell’s Redipor prepared media products are manufactured to meet customer expectations.

She oversees the planning and scheduling of the daily production runs, for all media types, as the orders come through the business, working closely with the sales team.

Wayne Gregory

Warehouse Manager

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Warehouse Manager

Wayne Gregory

Wayne began his working life as a machine operator, working his way up the ranks to become a Production Shift Manager, and finally ending up as Despatch Shift Manager.

He started working for Cherwell in October 1995 as a despatch/production assistant. Later to become Warehouse Manager in February 2000, whilst overseeing the move from 3 units around Bicester to the current facilities today.

In his current role, he is responsible for all areas within the current warehouse, including production/goods in and despatch. He is instrumental in the warehouse team keeping up with the continued growth and future aspirations of the business.

Jonathan Roger

Engineering Manager

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Engineering Manager

Jonathan Roger

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.

Jo Jones

ERP Manager

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ERP Manager

Jo Jones

Jo joined Cherwell in 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

In addition to her ERP system implementation experience, Jo’s Supply Chain background includes; Customer Service, Demand Planning, Product Life-Cycle Management, Inventory Management and Process Improvement – her experience in these areas supports our commitment to developing our systems and processes and strengthens our focus on continuous improvement.

Leonid Cemezov

Production Manager

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Production Manager

Leonid Cemezov

Leonid joined Cherwell as Production Manager in September 2023.  The production experience that he has developed across a variety of industries, including food, automotive and medical devices makes him a valuable member of the Cherwell Team.

He will use his previous experience as a member of the production management team at GN Resound to drive the production department forward and support future growth of Cherwell.

Clare Child

Human Resources Manager

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Human Resources Manager

Clare Child

Clare joined Cherwell as our Human Resources Manager in April 2023. She has a BSc in Management Sciences from Loughborough University and has worked in HR since graduating.

Having developed her HR career across a range of organisations and industries, she brings a pragmatic and practical approach to Cherwell. Clare aims to support both colleagues and the business, as Cherwell continues to grow, as well as developing the HR Function to underpin the evolving business.

Wan Li Low

Microbiology Product Specialist

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Microbiology Product Specialist

Wan Li Low

Wan Li, who is a passionate microbiologist, joined Cherwell in September 2023. She has an Undergraduate degree in BSc. (Hons) Biotechnology – first class honours, followed by PhD in liposomal delivery of antimicrobial metal ions and essential oils at the University of Wolverhampton. Qualifying further as a Chartered Biologist in 2016.

Her qualifications, teamed with her experience as a Process Development Scientist, a Senior University Lecturer and a Field Application Specialist, deliver the technical expertise required to provide technical advice and support to our customers and partners.

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Thomas Parkhill

Business Development Manager - South

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Business Development Manager - South

Thomas Parkhill

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.

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Eleanor Corbett

Business Development Manager - North

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Business Development Manager - North

Eleanor Corbett

Eleanor joined Cherwell as Business Development Manager for the North in June 2022.

She has a number of years laboratory microbiology experience, transitioning from technician to quality and site management roles, predominantly in the food and water industries, evolving to business development within the life science industry.

Her previous microbiology and business development experience makes Eleanor a valuable asset to the team and will help Cherwell deepen customer relationships to meet customer's specific requirements.

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Melis Parmaksiz

Channel Business Development Manager

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Channel Business Development Manager

Melis Parmaksiz

Melis joined the Sales Team at Cherwell in October 2023.  She has a Political Science and International Studies degree from Istanbul University and has built B2B Partnerships in the software technology industry for 5 years.

She has a wealth of experience of developing and managing distribution partnerships worldwide by focusing on relationship-building and dedicated partner support.  Bringing an innovative approach to Cherwell, she will be looking at how she can improve business development and partner management processes.

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THIS IS OUR CULTURE

Our culture is based on three words:
Reliable, Adaptable, Partnership

Reliable

Reliable

Delivering what you need, doing what we said we would

Adaptable

Adaptable

Developing our products, processes - and ourselves - to meet what our customers need

Partnership

Partnership

Supportive, helpful & committed to our customer and each other

Join the Cherwell Team

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