Our
People

Our people are our greatest strength and the reason so many of our clients come back to us, time and again. At BECK, we have created an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

When passion and skill work together, expect perfection

Head Office

Our head office at Chessington in Surrey is home to a vast array of departments who all play an important roll in supporting the business. The Leadership Team, Health & Safety, Planning, Design Development, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Graphics and Purchasing work out of our main location, whilst also regularly visiting our sites in progress.

Meet the leadership team

Chris galloway

Chris Galloway

Group Managing Director & Co-Owner

Jonathan Dart

Jonathan Dart

Group Financial Director & Co-Owner

Mark Banham

Mark Banham

Group Board Director & Co-Owner

Dan Herron

Dan Herron

Commercial Director

Brian Hutchinson

Brian Hutchison

Commercial and Pre-Contracts Director

Dalbir Channa

Dalbir Chana

Board Director

Edward Kent

Edward Kent

Board Director

Rob Brownett

Rob Brownett

Operations Director

Shaun Carvalho

Shaun Carvalho

Board Director

Chris Lawrenson

Chris Lawrenson

Board Director

Roy Smith

Roy Smith

Construction Director

Vanessa Budd

Vanessa Budd

Business Development Executive

Close

Chris Galloway

Group Managing Director & Co-Owner

Chris galloway
Our Chief Executive, initially from a military background in the Engineers. On returning to civilian life he studied furniture and interior design, before joining the BECK drawing office in 1997. Chris began working his way up through the business, becoming a proud board director and then co-owner.

His natural leadership skills steer the company with ambition but also sincerity. He always makes himself available to all clients on all projects and believes in a leadership team that is hands-on, as well as knowledgeable on the day-to-day running of any project.

“We are a specialist shop-fitting company at heart, now competing and succeeding in a market of main contractors,” he points out. “I make sure we allocate the right team to the right project and deliver quality on time, every time. Quality is at the forefront of the BECK culture”

Chris’s favourite BECK project: “I was a barman at the Sheraton in Edinburgh whilst studying, so luxury hotels in general always get my vote! Prior to recent world events, hotels have become hot spots for not just spending the night but also socialising, fine dining, cocktails and much, much more. “

Close

Jonathan Dart

Group Financial Director & Co-Owner

Jonathan Dart
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has held a variety of senior financial roles, with major international groups, throughout his career. He leads the financial and commercial teams skillfully, building the financial strength of the business and enabling it to remain strong through constantly evolving times.

Jonathan is known for his ‘can do’ attitude to solving any problem and one of his career highlights has been partnering with Chris and Mark in the purchase of the business from the previous owners, back in 2018.

Jonathan’s favourite project: “The Cadogan Hotel is a special place on many levels. It is both impressive and intimate. Historic but with a modern feeling. And it’s where I had my wedding reception many years ago!”

Close

Mark Banham

Group Board Director & Co-Owner

Mark Banham
Mark joined BECK as an apprentice bench joiner more than 25 years ago and has grown with the company to become a board director and co-owner. Working in the business from the ground up has allowed him to understand each element of every project and the challenges our clients face. As a result, he offers peerless levels of experience and expertise, to ensure the development and build processes run smoothly.

Mark leads our Museum sector and maintains a sharp eye for detail, embodying the company’s commitment to the highest of standards. He also promotes the joinery shop with the Bespoke brand, with the pursuit of perfection he learned way back as an apprentice joiner.

“One of the stand-outs of my career was celebrating BECK’s 25th anniversary in 2019, when everyone came together to honour what we’ve achieved so far”, he says. “What a truly extraordinary journey.”

Mark’s favourite BECK project: “I have especially enjoyed our museum projects in Hong Kong, the Middle East and the US. They were some of my most challenging but personally rewarding achievements and also gave me the chance to see new places and cultures. What a perfect mix.”

Close

Dan Herron

Commercial Director

Dan Herron
For over 30 years, Dan has worked in the construction industry in a variety of commercial, financial and operational roles. Having recently joined the board as our operational Commercial Director, he provides consistent, up-to-date contract and financial information to our client teams. A vital part of helping them plan and manage the successful delivery of their projects.

“When I first joined BECK, I was impressed that all employees have one common goal: to deliver a high-quality product while providing excellent client service”, he says. Today, his main input is innovating, educating and delivering first-class projects.

Dan’s favourite BECK project: “The complete refurbishment of the Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge has been an incredible project to work on. We’ve refurbished 180 guest rooms, the spa and health suites, plus the front and back of house. It’s pure style in an amazing location.”

Close

Brian Hutchison

Commercial and Pre-Contracts Director

Brian Hutchinson
After nearly 40 years in the industry, working in varying senior commercial roles, Brian remains extremely passionate about making a difference every day. He is responsible for all interior lead pre-construction aspects of the business and is a professional and responsive contact for our clients. He provides upfront advice, support and transparency with certainty and consistency in all areas.

Brian brings a wealth of enthusiasm and drive, with the knowledge that he and his team can deliver above and beyond our clients’ expectations, from pre-tender to post-construction.

Brian’s favourite project: “For me, it has to be the Belmond Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street. I’ve visited quite a few of the Belmond hotels around the world, so to have given them something exceptional, is perfect.”

Close

Dalbir Chana

Board Director

Dalbir Channa
Dal came to BECK in 2006 and worked his way through our Estimating, Commercial and Project Management sections of the business. He has now found his natural home working in the delivery of major museum and interior projects all over the world. Dal has contributed to some of our most iconic and challenging fit-outs.

Along the way, he has trained and inspired others in the business, spreading his knowledge of how to transform a client’s vision into reality, whilst always focusing on both quality and budget. Today he works on our museum sector operations, resources, mentoring and the cultivation of the project teams.

Dal’s favourite project: “The immersive Arabian Journeys exhibition at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia is a stand out project for me. It’s an incredible exploration across the landscapes and history of the Arabian Peninsula.”

Close

Edward Kent

Board Director

Edward Kent
Edward studied Furniture Design and Craftsmanship at Brunel University and went on to develop his skills in bespoke cabinetry and architectural joinery, before joining BECK over 20 years ago.

Developing his career further in Design Development, Procurement, Project Management and Project Delivery, he is now integral for delivering our high-end hotel projects, using his attention-to-detail, passion, commitment and energy to great effect.

Edward’s favourite project: “Refurbishing the iconic Bow Street Magistrates Court into the first London location for the NoMad hotel brand, has been a great achievement and particularly rewarding. Combining the building’s history together with utmost in stylish design has meant seeing the connection between its old and new use of life, first-hand. These two elements, together with BECK’s attention to detail and pursuit of excellence, deems the project one of a kind.”

Close

Rob Brownett

Operations Director

Rob Brownett
Rob has over 30 years experience in the construction industry. He began his journey as a carpenter and joiner before joining BECK and becoming the Operations Director. Rob has a keen eye for detail which he applies to the luxurious projects he oversees. His goal is to ensure our clients know we are a safe pair of hands and they can have confidence their property will be finished to the highest quality. Rob says his favourite moment at BECK was, “Being promoted to the Board and having the opportunity to work with a fantastic team building the business.” Today Rob works on some of our most prestigious luxury hotel and residential projects.

Rob’s favourite BECK project: “My favourite project would have to be the Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge. It has involved a major re-modelling of a 1960’s hotel during a full shutdown. This allowed us to strip out the original finishes completely, leaving just a shell and a core. We followed it with a five-star quality fit out to the front of house, guest rooms, spa, health club and restaurant, all of which was completed in just over 1 year.”

Close

Shaun Carvalho

Board Director

Shaun Carvalho
Shaun proactively promotes and leads our Residential sector and has over 30 years experience in the industry. He ensures our teams focus on delivering exceptional quality, whether during the enquiry stage, estimating, or following through on- site. Shaun understands our clients dream goals and delivers on their aspirations.

Shaun’s favourite BECK project: “A private residency in Mayfair, called St James, is a prime example of us delivering a super luxury finish in the heart of London. The types of materials we used in this project pushed the boundaries with the buildability.”

Close

Chris Lawrenson

Board Director

Chris Lawrenson
Chris enjoyed working on his ambition of turning to pro-golf before switching careers and joining BECK in 2004, to work alongside his father in estimating. Within a few years, he was project managing the fit-out of a VIP experience in Alaska and had found his life’s vocation.

Rising to lead the Estimating department in the Museum Sector, Chris then turned his hand to successful Project Delivery. He puts his success down to one thing, “One hundred per cent commitment to every client’s project. To quality, to service and to honesty. I will go that extra mile to ensure that the lasting impression of working with BECK is that we are always here when our clients need us.”

Chris’s favourite BECK project: “The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain in the UAE is the stand-out one for me. The building was designed to look like a coiled-up snake and we created internal displays to look like an abstract representation of sand dunes. Simple materials but an incredible finished display.”

Close

Roy Smith

Construction Director

Roy Smith
As a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Building, Roy has extensive expertise from over 40 years working within the construction industry. He is a specialist with super-prime residential and hotel properties and has dealt with everything from straightforward refurbishment and new-builds, to complex structural façade retention schemes and multi-storey basement construction.

Roy is a calm port in a storm and adept at dealing with anything unforeseen or challenging. He also leads our in-house MEP department, which is the core to any successful project.

Roy’s favourite project: “The Home Grown private members club in Marylebone stands out as a huge challenge. We carried out major structural alterations in a heavily trafficked area to add an additional storey to the building, without causing any disruption, which was a huge achievement.”

Close

Vanessa Budd

Business Development Executive

Vanessa Budd
Vanessa started at BECK in 2005, armed with a degree in interior design. She began as a Setter Out before working in other key areas of the business, including Procurement, Project and FF&E Co-ordination, where she contributed to the delivery of luxury hotels and high-end residential schemes.

Vanessa now works with the Board on strategy and new opportunities, building strong relationships with clients and promoting the work we deliver. “I feel humble and proud to be part of the BECK family,” she says. “Seeing a completed project, when everyone else has left, always fills me with awe of what our team can achieve.”

Vanessa’s favourite BECK project: “I can’t choose one so it will have to be a tie between three! The Rosewood London for its mind-blowing Rose Bronze Gallery; The Mandrake, which transports you from the busy streets into a magical hidden oasis; and NoMad London, which captures the history of the old Bow Street Magistrates Court and takes it somewhere new.”

About