We construct spaces for people. For lives lived well. For work with purpose.

An award-winning construction company with a commitment to excellence and an ambition to make a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We create spaces with integrity, imagination and commitment.

Over the years we have developed a wide skill set and our combination of traditional building skills and modern construction management techniques, enable us to deliver challenging and award-winning projects. These are often in difficult locations or in constrained conditions, working alongside our customers' own activities.

We enjoy working with customers who share our values and are dedicated to delivering for them; this has resulted in many longstanding customer relationships with real benefits for both parties.

Little could Beard's founder, Edward William Beard, know when he started working for his father in the summer of 1892, at the age of 14, that Beard would become the well-respected construction company it is today, turning over in excess of £150 million and employing more than 300 people. Beard was also awarded PWC West of England Business of the Year in 2014.

Headed up by the fourth generation of the Beard family, Mark Beard, the assets we have built over many years - our skills and knowledge, supply chain partners, systems, tools and technology - are brought to every project; alongside a customer-focused approach and long-standing commitment to Prompt and Faultless Delivery.

Our Leadership Team

Mark Beard

Executive Chairman

Mark Beard

Executive Chairman

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist and has been Chief Executive of Beard since 1999. Mark’s key achievements include developing a culture which is focused on staff development, customer service and continuous business improvement. Mark was Oxfordshire Businessman of the Year in 2004.

Mark has a variety of outside interests, including:

  • Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building
  • Member of EEF National Economic Policy Committee
  • Member of Construction Manager Editorial Board
  • Member of Henley Business School Strategy Board
  • Governor of Christ Church Cathedral Choir School
  • Patron of Alexander Devine Childrens’ Hospice
  • Founder of Beard Charitable Foundation

Mark is a Patron of Radley College Real Tennis Court and a playing member of the MCC.

Mark has worked in the UK and Australia construction industry for over thirty years and in July 2018 was appointed Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building. Mark’s favourite project is the redevelopment of Manley Wharf in Sydney.

Alan Beard

Deputy Chairman

Alan Beard

Deputy Chairman

Alan was 17 when he started his construction career as a Beard trainee in 1950. During this time he spent many years learning and helping build the business before taking over from his father Geoffrey Beard in the 1970s. As deputy company chairman, he has an interested in, and sees all new employees who join Beard and keeps a watchful eye on the company's successful traineeship programme. Alan also manages our holding company’s property portfolio. In his spare time Alan is involved with the Swindon Rotary Club and still enjoys a game of squash.

Dean Averies

Director Oxford

Dean Averies

Director
Oxford

Dean joined Beard in 1988 as a trainee estimator at our Swindon office. He has held various estimating, quantity surveying and contract manager positions before being promoted to commercial manager in 2005 and subsequently construction manager, construction director in 2010. He has been in his current role as director at our Oxford office since January 2017.

Dean has been an integral part of the continued growth and development of the Oxford office since his arrival in 2005. He believes in team work both internally and externally and the proportions of repeat business are clear evidence that customers enjoy the experience of working with Beard. Dean ensures that each aspect of our team works effectively by continually improving our working practices, which results in the prompt and faultless delivery of projects from inception to completion. We have a strong senior management team in the Oxford office and work well together supporting each other and our colleagues to deliver high quality projects for our customers.

Dean is married to Laurie and has two teenage sons, they enjoy various sports together. Dean has been a season ticket holder for our local football team Swindon Town FC for 35 years! He practises Krav Maga and karate. Dean also enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures and food throughout the world.

Mike Hedges

Director Bristol

Mike Hedges

Director
Bristol

Mike’s career involves many years on site and later in more senior roles delivering a diverse range of projects in both public and private sectors. Initially training as an engineer, Mike brings technical expertise as well as a collaborative approach to solving construction challenges. Mike describes himself as a team player and is passionate about delivering the right end product for our customers, safely and on time. He is currently overseeing the significant expansion of our Bristol Office.

Mike is also the director with overall responsibility for Health and Safety.

Marc Bayley

Director Swindon

Marc Bayley

Director
Swindon

Marc’s career spans over four decades where he has been involved in developing and leading several regional operations. A highlight of his career was a 5-year relationship with Williams F1 that concluded with the successful delivery of their aerodynamics building and state of the art wind tunnel testing facility.

Over the years, Marc’s pursuit of excellence, a strong team ethic and focus on understanding the customer’s requirements has led to the development of long-term relationships resulting in repeat business with many prestigious customers. Marc is professional, enthusiastic, fair and open-minded individual who encourages his staff to have open and honest relationships and to challenge the “status quo”.

He joined Beard in 2007 as board director of the Swindon office and over the years has built a strong, successful business founded on team work, service and long-term relationships

Guy Hannell

Director Guildford

Guy Hannell

Director
Guildford

Guy’s career involves many years in senior management roles in development and construction organizations, across a wide range of sectors including education, health, leisure and commercial. Guy describes himself as friendly, fair and determined. He joined Beard in October 2012, is a Board Director and has responsibility for our Guildford office. Guy is a strong advocate of team-working and early contractor involvement to add value to projects.

Outside of work Guy enjoys spending time with his family. He is a life-long fan of rugby (albeit his playing days are well behind him), and very much enjoys cycling and motorcycling.

Neil Sherreard

Director

Neil Sherreard

Director

Neil is the catalyst for raising standards at Beard, particularly in pre-construction and project delivery. Enthusiastic and a natural problem solver, he has expertise in delivering highly successful multi-million-pound construction projects and high customer satisfaction ratings which has been instrumental in driving our Prompt and Faultless Delivery programme. Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist and brings new ideas and fresh thinking to the firm. Neil has had a long and successful career in construction, spending 25 years with building and refurbishment firm Cowlin Construction – now part of Balfour Beatty – where he was managing director from 2000 to 2011.

Andrew Jenner

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Jenner

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Jenner joined the Beard Board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2018.

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of senior roles in different businesses in both public and private environments. From 2009 to 2017 he was a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of Galliford Try plc, a leading UK construction and housebuilding company. Previously Andrew has also been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Co-Founder of Global Office, a serviced office business as well as CFO of Serco plc, a global services business.

In addition to being on the Board of Beard Andrew is currently also CFO of Petainer, a leading international manufacturer of packaging for the beverage market.

David Stockham

Company Secretary

David Stockham

Company Secretary

David is an experienced commercial leader and has held senior positions at Cowlin Construction and Balfour Beatty where he was a commercial director. As well as being the company secretary at Beard he oversees the commercial governance across the business with a calm assured approach. David is a member of the RICS and brings a wealth of commercial and risk management knowledge to the company.

The site team were consummate professionals who took time to understand how the college operates and achieved the required high standards of quality with minimal disruptions to lessons during the project....I would not hesitate to either recommend or use Beard Construction again should we require their services as they match their professionalism with the quality of their build.
Michael Chiyasa, Head of Estates of Capital Development
Abingdon and Witney College
Part of the reason for choosing Beard, apart from the obvious of quality, cost and programme, was their ability to communicate a sense of personal warmth – these were real human beings – and a commitment to building a strong relationship. This wasn’t just about undertaking a job and making a profit, it was also about leaving behind a positive experience for both sides.
Allan Dodd, Bursar
Mansfield College
Beard played it very straight, when there was bad news they were open and upfront about it, and where there were difficulties Beard focused on solving the problems efficiently rather than exploiting the situation and we are very appreciative of that
Peter Alsop, Bursar
Wadham College
Working with people like Richie, Martin and Adam at Beard gives me the confidence to make bold decisions in an atmosphere of mutual support and collaboration, knowing that the builders will help me to a successful outcome. I trust them and I am very happy to recommend them to architects with demanding projects requiring special skill and care.
Niall McLaughlin, Niall McLaughlin Architects
The Bishop Edward King Chapel at Cuddesdon and the Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College

Awards

We, here at Beard, are honoured to have been the recipients of numerous awards over the past years. Click below to see a selection of the awards we have won.
2018 RoSPA Gold Medal Award for Health and Safety Consecutive 6 years consecutively
2018 RIBA South Award – Building of the Year Nazrin Shah Lecture Theatre, Worcester College Winner
2017 Oxford Preservation Trust - New Buildings Award Nazrin Shah Lecture Theatre, Worcester College Winner
2018 RIBA South Award - Conservation Award The Queen's College Library Winner
2017 RIBA National Awards - Regional South Awards Bedales School, Art and Design Building Winner
2016 RIBA National Awards Davenies School, Beaconsfield Winner
2016 Historic England Angel Awards - Best Community Action Project Clevedon Pier Visitor Centre Winner

Read about the Beard Charitable Foundation by clicking the link below.

Charitable Foundation