Cawood Scientific, the UK’s largest independent supplier of analytic services to the land-based sector through brands including NRM Laboratories, Sciantec and Sci-tech, has appointed two new directors as Nigel Patrick and Linda Radnor step down from operational duties.

Simon Parrington joins the company as managing director. Mr Parrington has spent the last 24 years at precision farming specialist SOYL, a business he established and built as a pioneer in precision agriculture both in the UK and more recently in Europe. SOYL was acquired by Frontier Agriculture in 2009, with Mr Parrington continuing as commercial director.

At the same time, Jez Smith is appointed as Cawood’s technical and operations director. His 26-year career in the analytical laboratory sector includes senior leadership roles throughout the UK and Scotland leading cross functional teams in a range of lab-based testing services. His most recent position was general manager of Eurofins Food Testing UK.

Mr Patrick and Ms Radnor will remain involved with the business, working with Cawood chairman Lord Curry on the company’s strategic direction, particularly leading delivery of its growth goals and building on its reputation for customer service. Over the past two decades, both have played central roles in developing Cawood from the original Berkshire-based NRM business into a market-leading UK wide business that employs over 420 staff in seven divisions across ten sites and analyses over 1.5 million samples each year.

“Cawood has a deserved reputation as the leading analytical laboratory in land-based industries,” says Mr Parrington. “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.”

Lord Curry adds: “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.”

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.