the ethos of parnall group ltd
Sustainability is at the core of everything that we do, with the intersect between social, economic and environmental issues creating the “Three Pillars of Sustainability” which are the foundation of our organisation.
Our goal is to inspire, pioneer and disrupt, fuelled by impactive investment and we aim to be a beacon of what can be achieved through progressive and innovative projects which deliver value to stakeholders and shareholders.
We plan to be a platform for projects which have the potential to positively improve the well being of people by offering alternative solutions to growing environmental and societal issues.
We want everyone to be part of our journey; to shine a light into the dark corners of rural England to create opportunities within their own communities to help them to contribute to their own ambitions.
Our projects and brands
Parnall Bio Engineering
A new technology driven subject dedicated to improving health and quality of life through engineering and the use of bio-composites.
SARA – Smart Alternative Reality Area
This project is building a next generation, modular alternative reality environment aimed at improving well being within medical, home and commercial applications.
The design of a small, contemporary, electric boat, The Parnall Whispa. This aims to disrupt the conventional boat ownership model, harnessing the advancement of electric power and battery endurance, with particular benefits for use in environmentally sensitive areas.
Parnall Aircraft Company – Spitfire Project
The transfer of aircraft engineering skills of the past to the future through the restoration of MkVb Supermarine Spitfire, BL688 and building of a second static craft.
The building of a replica of Parnall’s innovative First World War aircraft design.
Cultivating oil seed crops in order to develop nutraceutical products and natural fibres such as industrial hemp for the development of bio-composite materials for use in construction and engineering. Trelonk also aims to disrupt the entrenched traditions of UK Agriculture by proving that a successful and sustainable farm business is inherently linked to the health of the environment in which it operates.
LEGAL & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Supporting individuals and businesses using the very latest in legal technology. Legal support specialising in Personal Injury, Property and Probate, delivering a well-rounded service to the local community and farther afield.
Social media, internet and media law firm providing real support in digital world. Netrights can protect individual and company reputations; support people under attack online and in the media; safeguard privacy and confidential information as well as retaliate against information leaks or infringements of trademarks and brand.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
At the heart of our work is the Foundation which aims to make a big difference to the next generation. We support young adults with training, mentoring and work experience opportunities to enable them to build a career in Cornwall. Our Diverse projects provide a unique working environment, transferring skills and inspiring the entrepreneurs of the future.
Join us and thrive
Our mission is to create a tribal membership who put people and planet before profit. This will be achieved through the common passion of a community.
We want to help you generate innovative solutions for your business while offering a sense of belonging. We want to inspire a sense of pride in a community that is united by a common purpose of business done properly. We are genuine in our commitment to a better environment and to conducting business in a more humane, socially responsible manner.
The entrepreneurial opportunities we nurture are designed to revolutionise the way you do business. We aim to create a space where innovation can drive progress and where empowerment manifests as authenticity.
meet our Board
Mark Parnall – Founder & CEO
Born into the Parnall family (which can trace its Cornish roots back to the 16th century and beyond) and a lawyer for 35 years, Mark Parnall provides the strategic vision and is the leading force behind the design and development of all brands within the Parnall Group Ltd. Mark is also co-founder of peer-to-peer lender Folk2Folk, which matches local businesses looking for loans with individual investors in order to help local UK businesses to grow and thrive.
nick buckland, obe - chairman and executive director
Nick Buckland is an experienced Chair, Trustee and Director of a wide range of organisation in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He brings a wealth of experience in governance, innovation and technology across a variety of industrial and commercial sectors.
Originally educated as a Mathematician, he worked in the IT industry for a number of years, in commercial solutions, high performance computing, virtual reality and the internet. Taking a career change in the mid 1990’s he developed a portfolio career working with many different organisations. He retains an interest in education, the arts, agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
A Fellow of a number of professional bodies and a Chartered Engineer, Manager and Information Technology Practitioner he was appointed OBE in 2009 for services to Innovation and Technology.
Mark Joce, Non Executive Director
Mark’s career spans over 30 years. He joined his family business in 1981 and he has gained extensive business experience running both holiday parks and a property business.
He is currently involved in the business of succession.
Tim Sawyer – Non Executive Director
With over 30 years experience working in the financial services sector, Tim has held senior roles at Lloyds, Abbey National and helping to launch Cahoot at the start of the internet era. His work overseas includes running a network of banks for the Sampoerna conglomerate of Indonesia, time as COO for KRBS and more recently as Chairman of Banque Dubois in Switzerland, as well as having been Chief Operating Officer of One Savings Bank.
Currently Tim is Chief Investment Officer at Innovate UK, as well as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University of Bedfordshire. He is also the current chairman of Folk2Folk, a peer-to-peer lender to small and medium sized businesses in the UK.
In 2017, Tim was appointed as an Ordinary Member to the Competition Appeal Tribunal by Minister for Competition, Margot James MP.
Alex Daly - Chief Financial Officer
A senior finance professional with an extensive range of both accounting, risk and business experience, gained through working at retail banks, challenger banks, fintechs, alternative lenders and a social enterprise company.
Alex has had a varied career working in Private Equity funded businesses through to PLC’s and the Government. His career has included time as Director of Zehnder Consulting Services, Interim Chief Financial Officer at Omnio London Ltd and Koine Finance in London.
Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer at the Start Up Loans Company after a role where he co-founded and worked as CEO of The Lending Factory Ltd.
Adam Parnall, Trelonk Director
Adam recently joined the Board as a Director although he has been involved with the organisation from it was established. He was a key part of the team who developed the infrastructure on-site at Trelonk.
As a member of the Parnall family, Adam has a deep understanding of the company’s heritage and through his skills and experience in construction has lead the project to develop Parnall Bio Engineering and its revolutionary composite materials with strong environmental credentials.
Marie Quirk - Finance & Operations Manager
Marie manages the accounts and financial aspects of the business as well as strategic organisational development. With over 15 years experience in this sector, Marie originally started as part of the Finance & Administration team at Parnalls Solicitors.
Marie is known for her fast paced, straight forward approach to her work and has a keen interest in the development of individuals to enhance and increase their work skills and knowledge.
Local to Launceston, Marie has an extensive knowledge of Cornish businesses and a wide network of professional contacts across the South West.
Matt Belcher, Chief Commercial OFficer
Programme Director, with over 20 years senior construction project management, concept and brand development experience. Matt started his grass roots up management career in 1996 reaching the level of General Manager for M & B PLC’s Flagship site by 23.
In 2005 Matt left M & B following a number of corporate project lead roles to experience a restaurant start up project as Ops Director before joining Sophie’s Steakhouse as ‘Head of Operations’ ensuring the successful opening, stabilisation and continued growth of the business. Matt founded Cow & Claw Ltd, hospitality consultancy in 2006 prior to leaving Sophie’s Steakhouse at the end of 2017.
As Managing Director of Cow & Claw Ltd Matt established the change management consultancy and business strategy advisory primarily to hotels & hospitality whilst latterly diversifying into other sectors.