Leading regional housebuilder Beal Homes has appointed a new Construction Director as it continues to drive growth in volumes and set the bar for build quality.
Andy Devine has joined the family-owned business from Barratt & David Wilson Homes, where he was Contracts Manager for the Yorkshire East area.
He succeeds long-serving John Goodfellow, who has retired. During an 18-year tenure as Construction Director, Mr Goodfellow played in a key role in Beal becoming established as the leading independent housebuilder operating in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Mr Devine, who is 44, brings 26 years of experience in the construction industry to Beal, having previously held a series of Yorkshire-based senior positions with national housebuilders.
His remit is to oversee construction across all Beal’s developments and to ensure the exceptional standards of build quality and customer service the housebuilder is renowned for are maintained as the volume of homes delivered grows.
For the past six years Mr Devine has been Contracts Manager for Barratt & David Wilson Homes – Yorkshire East. Prior to this, he was Production Manager for Linden Homes North and a Site Manager for Linden Homes and Barratt & David Wilson Homes.
Mr Devine has twice been a winner of NHBC Pride in the Job awards and his teams have been multiple winners of regional and Northern site manager prizes.
Richard Beal, Chief Executive of the East Yorkshire-based housebuilder, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Andy to this key role. He has an excellent track record of leading construction teams and delivering major developments while maintaining a strong focus on build quality.
“He is committed to putting the customer at the heart of the construction process and that’s a very good fit with our culture and growth strategy.
“We have exciting and ambitious plans to accelerate the growth of the business, while continuing to deliver excellence in customer service and develop our unique proposition offering every buyer the opportunity to completely personalise their new home.
“While welcoming Andy to the business, I also want to take the opportunity to pay tribute to John Goodfellow’s huge contribution across three decades.
“As Construction Director, John has led the delivery of scores of superb developments and has played a key role in our sustained growth. He is a hard act to follow and we wish him a very happy and well-earned retirement.”
The appointment of Andy Devine comes as Beal gears up for the next chapter in the development of the business, with construction well advanced on a new head office at the Bridgehead business park in Hessle, East Yorkshire.
The £4.5m building will take Beal’s uniquely-personal customer service to a new level, including an expanded Design Lounge where buyers work with the housebuilder’s expert designers to ensure their new home fits their lifestyle and tastes perfectly.
Mr Devine said: “This is a great move for me. I was attracted by the opportunity to move from a national Plc to join a growing, independent housebuilder that has such a strong commitment to building homes based on the wants and needs of buyers.
“There are very few housebuilders that are as ambitious as Beal or have such dedication to quality.
“I also wanted to be part of Richard’s exciting plans for the business. With the new head office due to open this year, which will boost further the service and options we offer to customers, it’s a very exciting time.
“I’ve already found that everything about the business is so much more personable and everybody is on the same page in terms of where we’re heading. There’s a great atmosphere throughout the company.”
Beal has also made another key appointment to its construction team, with Simon Parker promoted from Site Manager to Contracts Manager. Mr Parker, who is 45, has worked continuously for Beal since joining the housebuilder as a 16-year-old apprentice.
Mr Beal added: “We’re committed to the training and development of all our employees and have an excellent record of growing our own talent.
“It’s always a proud moment when a member of staff who joined us in an entry level role progresses to a senior position, so we’re delighted for Simon.”
Established nearly 55 years ago, Beal has delivered more than 80 developments and notched up numerous local, regional and national awards, including five Yorkshire Housebuilder of the Year Awards in the past six years.
Recently Beal was awarded a prestigious five star top rating for customer satisfaction by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the second year running, reflecting the exceptional quality of the housebuilder’s homes and service, from reservation to completion and beyond.