Valunation, the valuation arm of the Spicerhaart Group, is a surveying and valuation service provider.
For the past ten years, Beech has been a part of the Spicerhaart Group, the last eight of which has been focussed on heading up Valunation.
Beech will retire in late January 2018, and will be replaced by Paul Lancaster, who will be taking up his new post on 1 February.
Lancaster comes from a background in construction, IT, finance, and project management. He has been working for the Spicerhaart Group for 12 years, the majority of which as operations director. Prior to his tenure at Spicerhaart, Lancaster was with Barclays and Woolwich for 14 years.
Commenting on the announcement, Beech said: “After 37 years of full time work I want to take the opportunity to do some travelling and to focus on my marathon running.”
“It’s pretty hard to work full time and run a big business with 120 staff, and still find time to do the things I want to do while I’m still relatively young and relatively fit,” she continued.
Previous to her posting at Spicerhaart, Beech ran her own organisational development consultancy, worked as the UK HR Director for an international public limited company, and spent time as a non-executive director of a Ministry of Defence agency
“It is certainly not my intention to leave the world of work altogether, however, and I am already looking at a number of advisory roles in the private and public sector,” said Beech.
“I really would like to do some advisory work, and not have to work full time, really. But it’s also about being able to use the expertise I’ve built up over the years in more than one place,” Beech added, “I’m looking at a number of opportunities at the moment — I have no fixed ideas yet, but I’ll know the right thing when it comes up.”
John Phillips, national operations director at Spicerhaart, said: “I would like to thank Alison for the sterling work she has done over the past ten years. She has led Valunation to be one of the most respected valuation service providers in the UK. Paul’s appointment ensures that this will continue and I welcome him into the role.”