People & Appointments

Construction firm appoints new marketing and communications head

Written by Peter Davison.

Melissa Barber


Construction firm Beard has appointed Melissa Barber to the new role of head of marketing and communications.

Melissa will lead the firm’s marketing operations, with responsibility for driving the development of the Beard brand across its four locations in Swindon, Oxford, Guildford and Bristol. She will also support the firm’s directors and senior management with wider communications strategy.

Melissa studied marketing at Strode College and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Prior to joining Beard, she has worked extensively in the housing and construction sector, with her experience cutting across the public and private sectors.

She is also a board member of Elim Housing Association, which owns and manages around 800 homes in the south-west of England and South Wales.

Commenting on her new role, Melissa said: “Beard has already established an excellent reputation as a firm that gets the job done on time and on budget, and sees treating its suppliers and staff fairly as an integral part of delivering for the customer.

“I am looking forward to taking the firm’s marketing and communications strategy to the next level, and helping to support the business’s wider objectives for sustainable growth.”

Mark Beard, chairman of Beard, said: “We have all been impressed with Melissa’s drive and energy and by her enthusiasm for the construction industry. I am confident her knowledge and understanding of the industry, together with her professional background, make her the right person to take Beard’s marketing and communications strategy forward.”