From design managers to quantity surveyors, each and every employee at Beech Design & Build brings a wealth of talent, expertise and creativity to the team. Get to know our key leaders and teams below.
Andrew - Managing Director
Andrew Cordwell BEng (Hons) is the Managing Director of the company, having overall responsibility for its portfolio of projects. An engineer by trade, he has over 20 years’ experience in engineering, project management and building services management. Andrew has a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career at DGP International. He brings to the company a wealth of experience in managing commercial, retail and industrial building projects.
Paul - Projects Director
Paul Davidson BSc (Hons), MRICS heads the design and projects teams, and has day-to-day management responsibility for all development projects. Paul has 30 years’ experience in the property consultancy industry with 14 years specific experience in design services across a number of sectors. He has a wealth of professional and academic qualifications including as a chartered building surveyor, member of the association of project supervisors and a BSc (Hons) in building surveying.
Iain - Head of Design
Iain has over 25 years’ experience and a heavy background in architectural technology and building surveying within the residential sector, both in the UK and the middle east. He now heads our design and new build department. His role is to oversee all our new builds and make sure that work consistently to a high standard while continually raising the bar.
Ian - Refurbishment Design Manager
Ian graduated in 1999 with a 2:1 in Building Surveying from Leeds Metropolitan University. His hard work also enabled him to become a chartered building surveyor with the RICS in 2003. His passion for historic buildings and property development makes him a great fit for the business.
Jonathan - Head of Construction
Jonathan heads the quantity surveying team having joined the company in 2014. As a quantity surveyor, he has gained experience in all mainstream areas of commercial buildings with a focus on refurbishment and specialist fit-out schemes. Having gained a Bsc (Hons) degree in quantity surveying, Jonathan is a strategic, creative and highly competent individual who always accomplishes more than expected by meeting project challenges with enthusiasm and hard work.
Angela - Head of Interior Design
After graduating with an Interior Design degree in 1999, Angela started her career by designing a number of pubs. She then spent 5 years working on 5-star hotels in Dubai, where she learned a lot by being thrown into the deep end. After that, she moved to Australia, where she set up her own business before eventually coming back to the UK. Angela’s passion, experience and dedication make her a great asset to the business.
Simon - Principal Design Manager
Simon holds a degree in Architecture from South Wales University, Australia. After a successful first role in Sydney, he moved to London to work for an international practice specialising in hotel/higher education buildings. He then moved to Manchester to work on large-scale residential property developments. Working in our new build department, his day-to-day role is to review all potential opportunities and evaluate which is best to work on.
Abdel - Principal Design Manager
Abdel is a Senior Architect who has established an international reputation in his profession. He has worked for high profile architectural firms and even established his own small business in 2013 before finally deciding to re-enter an Architectural Practice. Abdel’s responsibilities are to primarily oversee all new build design projects whilst also mentoring his team in their day to day work.
Paul - Principal Design Manager
Paul oversees projects whilst ensuring that they're completed to the highest possible standard. Holding a BA Hons and BArch from the Manchester School of Architecture, Paul - a previous Associate Architect - brings a wealth of experience to the company. He wanted to join Beech for the opportunity to work with an experienced residential developer on refurbishment projects, with the aim of enhancing the brand.
Marcus - Principal Design Manager
Marcus has a degree in Architectural Technology and has 14 years’ experience in the industry. He has been a Design Manager for numerous architectural practices over the last 7 years and is passionate about working on a project from a concept stage all the way to the finished product. His day to day role is to oversee project delivery on site as well as mentoring staff by sharing his expertise.
Tim - Senior Mechanical Engineer
Tim is a HVAC engineer (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and holds over 20 years’ experience in the building services industry. He also holds a city and guilds qualification in refrigeration and has worked on all stages of product engineering, from research and development to design and manufacture, through to installation and final commissioning. His vast experience, technical knowledge, and practical skills make him a valuable asset to the team.
Marcin - Head of 3D Visualisation
Holding a degree in Architectural Design and Technology, Marcin originally comes from Poland and was hired shortly after graduating due to his dedication and potential. Marcin now heads his own department, specialising in design and 3D modelling. He has a strong passion for architecture and is highly meticulous with his work, making him a valued member of the team.
Glenn - Head of Procurement
Responsible for the procurement of all materials for Beech Design & Build, Glenn has been involved with Construction Materials Procurement for 20 years and specialises in negotiation as well as forming and maintaining supplier and stakeholder relationships. He is driven and always focuses on getting the best deal he can for Beech, as well as ensuring we get the right products to the correct site at a suitable price and on time.
Lisa - Company Accountant
Managing the accounts for Beech Design & Build, Lisa's day-to-day role is to ensure that all financial information is accurate in order to help the company make efficient business decisions. Coming from a family with a background in construction, this provides Lisa with a clear understanding of the industry, whilst her positive energy and attention to detail make her a great fit for the business.
Mark - Safety Manager
After obtaining a degree in Construction Management, Mark started his career as a Site Engineer, making his way up to Site Manager and Project Manager before moving fully into Health and Safety. His focus and professionalism gave him the opportunity to work for a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Mark’s wealth of experience makes him a great fit for the business.
James - Safety Assurance Advisor
James has 15 years’ experience in Health and Safety within the Construction industry and has worked for prestigious global companies, as well as numerous contractors in the Middle East. He was involved in a £1.2b project in the desert, as well as the revered Jumeirah Golf Estate in Dubai. His wealth of experience makes him a valuable asset for the business.
Rob - Furniture Project Manager
Robert BSc (Hons) is responsible for the design, procurement and installation of furniture for Beech Build & Design. He has been involved with furniture design since leaving university, designing and project managing high end bespoke furniture for exclusive clientele. His design flair and keen eye for detail ensure that furniture projects run swiftly and smoothly from start to finish, with a beautiful end-result.
Silvia - Interior Design Manager
Silvia has a degree in Art and Design from Portugal as well as 6 years’ experience in hotel and residential interior design. She also has extensive experience in furniture and interior design in the student accommodation sector. Silvia manages a team of 4 and is responsible for giving interior sophistication to buildings, whilst respecting each building’s heritage. She has always been passionate about reconciling the old with the new and has a soft spot for working with textures and colours.
Ester - Assistant Design Manager
Ester graduated in Architecture at La Salle University, Barcelona, Spain. Her projects included preservation and rehabilitation, master plans, mixed-use developments, commercial and residential projects in Australia, Spain and the Middle East. Working on our listed buildings projects, her day to day responsibilities are to deal with the project design, documentation, technical details, supplier relationships and construction works.
Virginia - Assistant Design Manager
Virginia BA (Hons) MSc graduated in architecture from the University of Valladolid in Spain in 2009. She has worked in various architect offices and has been involved in architectural projects for the University of Leon, the public library in Burgos and a variety of restoration projects. Her day to day responsibilities are to deal with the project design, documentation, technical details, supplier relationships and construction works for several projects.
Aino - Office Manager to the Beech HQs
Aino is originally from Finland and has many years of experience in the customer service industry. She has worked in various hotels throughout Europe and considers herself to be very determined and career minded. She has developed a love for historical buildings, and is fascinated by the process it takes to bring old and abandoned buildings back to life. Aino was lucky to have been involved in the refurbishment of the Royal Exchange in city centre Manchester.
The Beech Holdings family
Beech Design & Build is a part of the Beech network of companies - Beech Holdings (parent company and residential developer), Manchester Apartments (professional lettings) and Beech Properties (student lettings). Get to know the wider team by visiting the Beech Holdings website.