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Beard Directors
  Alan Beard  

Alan Beard - Chairman

Alan was 17 years old when he started working for Beard as a trainee in 1950 and took over the company in the 1970’s. Now Chairman, Alan takes particular pleasure in identifying and nurturing new talent and mentoring senior staff of the future.  He also manages the property portfolio of the holding company. Alan continues to be active in the local community and enjoys keeping fit with squash.

  Mark Beard  

Mark Beard -   Managing Director

Mark has been Managing Director of Beard since 1999, his key achievements include developing a culture which is focused on staff development, customer service and continuous business modernisation. Mark has responsibility for the strategic direction of the business, health and safety, the environment, human resources and marketing.  Mark is a fellow of the CIOB and is a Chartered Environmentalist, in 2004 Mark was awarded Oxfordshire Businessperson of the Year.

In addition to his duties at Beard, Mark is on the Ashmolean Museum Corporate Advisory Board, Fredericks Oxford Advisory Board, Henley Business School Advisory Board, Forward Swindon Board of Directors, guest lecturer at University of Reading and is a member of EEF National Economic Commitee.

  Marc Bayley  

Marc Bayley - Construction Director, Swindon

Marc  has over 27 years’ experience of senior management roles in medium and large construction companies, during which time he has amassed extensive experience of managing construction projects in both the public and private sectors including traditional, negotiated, design and build, joint venture and two-stage tendered contracts.  Marc joined Beard in 2007 from Morgan Sindall where he was an Area Director.


  John Youle  

John Youle - Construction Director, Oxford

John joined Beard in January 2004 and is responsible for our Oxford office.  He began his career in construction as a site engineer for Bowmer Kirkland and progressed through the ranks of site, project and contracts manager. He subsequently held contracts and regional manager positions with Miller.  In 2003 John completed an MBA and his clear focus on customer service and teamwork has been key to the impressive growth of the Oxford office.

  Clive Bassett  

Clive Bassett - Finance Director

Clive trained as a Chartered Accountant and prior to Beard worked as a Commercial Director for a vehicle-based business providing turnkey solutions for vehicles to utilities companies and other blue chip organisations - he helped secure and deliver a 20 year PFI contract with London Fire Brigade.  He also worked in commercial and finance positions for automotive parts distributors and a serviced office management company, as well as spending some time working for KPMG. Clive is also a Trustee for the Prospect Hospice, based in Swindon and a Govenor for The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  Neil Sherreard  

Neil Sherreard - Non-Executive Director

Neil has had a long and very successful career in construction, including as Managing Director of Cowlin Construction Limited from 2000 to 2011, having spent nearly 25 years there. Neil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Environmentalist.  Neil has also played a leading role in the development of training opportunities and training programmes in the South West of England for individuals looking to develop a career in the construction industry.

Neil acts as a catalyst for raising standards at Beard, particularly in the key areas of pre-construction and project delivery.

  Guy Hannell  

Guy Hannell - Construction Director, Guildford

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