Take five with … Glen Royland, Assistant Site Manager

As a family-owned company that puts people at the heart of everything we do, our staff are all committed to making sure our buyers receive the best service possible.

Each month we’ll meet the team to give you the inside track on who they are and what they do. We hope you can take a few minutes to hear from the people who really make the Beal Difference!

Let’s hear from Glen Royland, an Assistant Site Manager at our West Hill II development in Kirk Ella, East Yorkshire.

Tell us about your job and what’s the best thing about it.

As Assistant Site Manager I work closely with the Site Manager and the rest of the team to make sure each stage of the construction process is completed on time and to Beal’s exceptional standards.

We’re continually monitoring and snagging at each stage of the build to get each home ready to hand over to the sales team. It’s then their job to go through the completion procedures and any final checks before the customer moves in.

The best thing about working for Beal is that it’s like being part of a family. There’s a really good atmosphere and working together as a team we deliver what I believe are the best new-build homes in the region.

Glen next to the West Hill II showhome
Glen is an Assistant Site Manager at our West Hill II development in Kirk Ella.

 What attracted you to join Beal Homes?

It was a stroke of luck really. I was working away as a Joiner at the time but I was always looking to progress into a construction management role of some kind.

I was working on my house one day when my next-door neighbour came over to talk to me. He was a Site Manager at Beal and said they were looking for people for the role of Finishing Foreman.

The following day I got a call to go in for an interview. The rest is history, as they say, and I’m really pleased to have been promoted to Assistant Site Manager recently.

 What is your favourite Beal development and house type and why?

I have a massive affinity with the Kings Vale development at Kingswood Parks in Hull. It was the first site I worked on at Beal and we did a brilliant job there delivering great houses to lots of very satisfied customers.

My favourite house type has to be the Haxby – I love its design. No Haxby I’ve worked on has been the same and I’ve seen some really good ideas customers have had to make it their own.

Glen in hard hat at West Hill II in Kirk Ella
Despite being told he would never walk again after a very bad rugby injury, Glen returned to his trade as a joiner and is now Assistant Site Manager at West Hill II.

What do you do to relax away from work?

When the weather is good, I play a lot of golf and, although I don’t play anymore, I’m also still actively involved with my local rugby union team.

Tell us something about yourself that your Beal colleagues don’t know.

Fourteen years ago, I suffered a really bad rugby injury that resulted in me being incapacitated and bedridden for nearly two years. I was told I would never walk again, let alone work. Because I wasn’t active anymore, I ballooned up to 25 stone.

The chronic pain team at Castle Hill Hospital never gave up on me. They completely turned my life around. They got me on a high dose of medication that meant I could start rehabilitation.

Over the next year I worked hard and lost nearly nine stone and got back on my feet. In 2011, I went back to my tools as a Joiner and started my career again.