Our People

Dean Averies

Director, Oxford

Dean joined Beard in 1988 as a trainee estimator and has held various estimating, quantity surveying and contract manager positions before being promoted to commercial manager and subsequently construction manager and construction director before taking on his current role heading up our Oxford office with overall operational control.  Dean has been an integral part of the continued growth and development of the Oxford office since he moved there in 2005.  He believes in team work both internally and externally and the proportion of repeat business is clear evidence that customers enjoying the experience of working with Beard.  He works to ensure that each aspect of the team works effectively by continually improving our work methods, which results in the prompt and faultless delivery of projects.

Mike Hedges

Director, Bristol

Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Construction Manager. Mike joined Beard in October 2015 with responsibility for developing our office in Bristol and extending our capability for customers in the South West. Mike has had a long and successful career in construction, spending 19 years with the Wates Group, responsible for a diverse range of major 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 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.


Marc Bayley

Director, Swindon

Marc is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and is highly experienced in managing construction businesses which operate in both public and private sectors including traditional, negotiated, design and build, joint venture and two-stage tendered contracts. Marc joined Beard in 2007 from the Morgan Sindall Group and has held wide-ranging senior roles within regional and national contracting companies. He now heads up our Swindon Office with overall operational control.

Guy Hannell

Director, Guildford

Guy’s career involves many years in senior management roles in development and construction organisations across a wide range of sectors including health and social care, housing, education and commercial property.  He joined Beard in October 2012 with responsibility for our newest office in Guildford.  Guy is a strong advocate of team-working and early contractor involvement to reduce building costs and add value to customer projects. He is currently overseeing a significant expansion of our Guildford office.

Neil Sherreard


A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist, Neil 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. He has also played a leading role in developing construction industry training programmes in the South West. Neil acts as a catalyst for raising standards at Beard, particularly in the key areas of pre-construction and project delivery. His expertise in delivering highly successful multi-million pound construction projects and high customer satisfaction ratings has been instrumental in driving our Prompt and Faultless Delivery programme.


Mark Beard

Executive Chairman

Mark has led the business since 1999 during which time the turnover has grown from £18 million per annum to £135 million per annum. He has been central to developing a business culture that is focused on employee development, customer service and continuous business improvement. Mark has responsibility for leading the Board, Company strategic direction and maintaining the Company’s unique supportive culture.  He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Environmentalist. He has also been Oxfordshire Businessperson of the Year. Mark sits on the Ashmolean Museum Corporate Advisory Board and Henley Business School Advisory Board. He is a guest lecturer at University of Reading and is a member of EEF National Economic Committee and an enthusiastic golf, cricket and real tennis player.

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 takes particular pleasure in overseeing the companys successful traineeship programme and nurturing and mentoring Beard’s next generation of talented people and team leaders. Alan also manages our holding company’s property portfolio and is a keen squash player.

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