The Beech Group is wholly owned and run by Stephen Beech, a Manchester born and bred property pioneer and green technology ambassador. With his student lettings business, Beech Properties, he’s been a successful property developer and landlord since 2001. In 2013, he turned his attention to Manchester city centre, acquiring derelict buildings and renovating them into low carbon, high design apartments. His aim is to bring unloved historic buildings back to useful purpose and provide affordable high standard apartments to new graduates and young professionals. Our state-of-the-art headquarters are located on Oxford Street in Manchester city centre. For more information about us and our teams, please watch our promotional video.
Being a significant property developer with huge experience in the conversion of low carbon properties, we are successful because we do things differently. Beech buildings are all about efficient design, high specifications and energy efficiency. We focus on maximising space, long term durability and on continuously improving our development model so that we stay ahead of the competition. Bringing all of our skills in-house, under one roof, means we have greater control over our projects. From acquisition, design and build, and project management through to lettings and property management, we’re involved in every aspect of the development process.
Located at 60 Oxford St, our city centre lettings brand brings the Beech standard of design to the young professional rental market in exciting central locations.
An award-winning student property portfolio, specialising in letting and managing high standard and energy efficient properties to Manchester’s students.
Stephen is the driving force behind the Beech Group of companies. Throughout his life, he has tirelessly worked and achieved his goals, winning awards such as Shell’s LiveWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the age of 21. He has more recently won the prestigious Local Business Accelerator Award.
Director of Finance
David manages relationships with the Beech Group’s funders. He has over 25 years’ experience in commercial banking, with RBS as Director of Corporate Banking. His business and leadership experience make him a stand-out figure in the financial services market and a valuable asset to the Group.
Head of Investment
Oliver is responsible for Beech Holdings’ investment products. His role is to generate, manage and retain investments. He has extensive experience in Finance, and was initially FCA regulated and an investment and mortgage adviser, arranging large loans for HNW UK and commercial finance for individuals and companies.
Howard holds extensive experience in property, which has been a passion of his for a long time. Born and bred in Manchester, he has superior knowledge of the city and is always the first person to find out about the latest property trends. Having mastered the art of building solid business relationships around the world, Howard is always the first to know about some of the biggest deals in the industry.
Justin has 19 years’ experience in the North West residential and commercial property markets. He has a expertise in commercial agency, development and investment markets. Justin’s connections help Beech Holdings identify and secure prime conversion and development opportunities, on an ‘off-market’ and exclusive basis.
Andrew Cordwell BEng (Hons) is the CEO of Beech Design & Build, having overall responsibility for our portfolio of projects. An engineer by trade, he has over 20 years’ experience in engineering, project management and building services management. Andrew brings to the company a wealth of experience in managing commercial, retail and industrial building projects.
Heads our Design Projects Team of 50
Paul Davidson BSc (Hons), MRICS heads the design and projects teams. Paul has 30 years’ experience in the property consultancy industry with 14 years experience in design services across various sectors. He has a wealth of professional qualifications, including being a chartered building surveyor and a member of the association of project supervisors.
Joanne Beech, Stephen’s sister, joined the company in 2008 following a 10 year career as Global Communications Manager for consumer goods giant Unilever. Joanne heads the organisational, corporate communications and administrative divisions of the business, ensuring we communicate effectively and meet our core organisational objectives.
MD of Construction
Heading a team of 30 at Beech Design & Build, Dave is responsible for managing and overseeing all construction projects within Beech’s portfolio, plus the commercial and site safety departments. With over 40 years’ experience working in residential property, Dave demonstrates the expertise needed and drive to succeed, making him the perfect fit for the company.
Development Associate Director
As Development Associate Director, Hollie is responsible for putting development management procedures in place in order to ensure that all projects are progressing as efficiently and effectively as possible. Recognised for her diligence and attention to detail, Hollie holds a wealth of industry experience and expertise and brings great value to the business.
James Roxborough joined the company after working in luxury property development in London, developing grade II listed buildings into high specification flats and town houses in Islington, Bayswater and Kensington. James now mainly oversees acquisition, planning, design and construction of all our city centre developments.
Associate Director: Lettings and Property Management
Jonathan joined the Beech team in 2007 and has progressed from Lettings Negotiator to Lettings Associate Director. He is responsible for driving the lettings division, growing business and ensuring property management operations are efficient. He provides leadership, direction and inspiration to the team.
Human Resources Manager
Val has 25+ years’ experience as a HR generalist, having long term tenures in corporate companies including own label manufacture, public transport, and conveyor belting. She holds a formal safety qualification so is equally at home with our office and construction teams. A part of Val’s brief is to support Beech’s vision to not only employ, but to develop and continuously improve our highly trained, qualified and multi-skilled workforce.
Originally from France, Elise has a degree in Journalism. She is passionate about communications as a whole. Curious by nature, she is always looking for new trends and techniques to ensure we deliver key messages to our audience in an efficient and timely manner. Her role being diverse on a daily basis, Elise would describe herself as somebody who can adapt quickly and think on her feet, in order to provide solutions to any challenges which may arise.
Head of IT
Jozef is responsible for overseeing the IT strategy for Beech Holdings, having supported the business externally since 2005. After graduating with a master’s degree in IT & Engineering in 2003, he moved to the UK to pursue his career and progressed to become UK IT Manager for a global corporation. From setting up Stephen Beech’s first office to managing the IT team, Jozef has consistently proven his loyalty and expertise.
Head of 3D Visualisation
Originally from Poland, Marcin has a degree in Architectural Design and Technology. He was hired shortly after graduating, as it was clear Marcin had a lot of potential. Thanks to much hard work and dedication, he is now a senior member of staff who heads his own department. Marcin specialises in design and 3D modelling. His passion for architecture as well as his attention to detail and mathematical mind make him a valuable part of the team.
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.
Tamlyn qualified as a building engineer over 20 years ago and then obtained an MBA. He has over 19 years’ experience in regulated advisory and management positions both in the UK and offshore in Guernsey. He is a consultant specialising in the marketing of our investment products to professional investors, wealth managers, family offices and financial institutions.
We’re delighted to be partnered with Forever Manchester – an extraordinary charity that helps to fund and support community projects across Greater Manchester. From environmental projects through to tackling homelessness, the breadth of activities that the charity gets involved with are almost limitless. Since its establishment in 1989, Forever Manchester has delivered over £36m into community projects across Manchester, helping to improve the lives and overall well-being of thousands of people.
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