who are we?
Parnall Group is a diverse range of companies who support each other, making the Group more powerful and more effective at creating market opportunities to match the current environment.
We want to inspire, pioneer and disrupt. We also want to engage with people to create a powerful rural-centric movement which harnesses the cross-fertilisation of innovation, investment and ideas.
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 sustainability.
Our projects and brands
Parnall BioEngineering Innovative modular construction derived from a novel assembly of bi-composite materials including glulam timber panels systems and hemposite.
SARA – Smart Alternative Reality Area
A digitally immersive experience which redefines the relationship between buildings and people.
The development of an innovative, small electric craft.
Parnall Aircraft Company – Spitfire Project
The transferral 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 areplica of Parnall’s innovative First World War aircraft design.
Harnessing nature through technology to grow specialist crops to improve human well being.
Unique training and development opportunities for young people.
Parnall Engineering Advanced
The backbone of our operations.
Join us and thrive
Our mission is to inspire all people to operate at their full potential within their chosen industry. We want the Parnall Group to be the mechanism facilitate this.
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 passion for business done properly.
The entrepreneurial opportunities we nurture are designed to revolutionise the way you do business.
meet our team
Mark Parnall – Founder
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.
Tim Sawyer – Chairman
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.
Andrew Blight - Head of Project Office
Andrew is an experienced project manager with a strong background in the banking sector working across a range of programs from Technology Projects, Mergers & Acquisitions, Data Centre relocation for the Australia & New Zealand Bank based in Singapore and Standard Chartered Bank in London. His degree, a BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering is strengthened with further qualifications in this sector including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL certifications.
Andrew’s role here is to lead the adoption and operation of a project management culture within the organisation to improve the planning and delivery of our projects.
Marie Quirk - Finance & Operations Manager
Kate Davies – Marketing & Communications Manager
Kate’s role is to oversee and manage the strategic marketing across the brands within the Parnall Group as well as create and implement dynamic and creative campaigns.
Having originally gained a BA Hons in Public Relations, Kate worked for a range of retail, public sector and tourism organisations including The Body Shop, River Cottage and English Heritage qualifying as a CIM Chartered Marketeer and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Her career has included the organisation of maritime festivals in Cornwall and Brittany, hosting high level media visits during the Foot and Mouth Crisis to setting up a self-catering and housekeeping business for Beach Retreats, Watergate Bay.
Laura Jackson - Creative Design Executive
Robyn Pedley – Marketing & Administration Assistant
Robyn joined the team at the beginning of September 2018 initially as an Intern in our Business & Administration team, having completed an Extended Diploma in Business.
Having worked in several departments within Parnall Group, Robyn has gained a wide understanding of the different departments and is known for her excellence in dealing with customers as well as her organisational skills. Her interest in marketing has lead her to develop a role supporting the Group marketing activity including developing content for the social media channels, e-newsletters and website.