Property consultancy welcomes new senior partner and chairman on board

James Beckly, James Carter Brown and Andy Snapes

Ward Williams, a property and construction consultancy, has concluded a two-year leadership evolution strategy by appointing James Beckly as the new Senior Partner, succeeding Andy Snapes.

Snapes now assumes the position of Chairman, leveraging his 40 years of experience at Ward Williams to focus externally as an ambassador and internally on mentoring and supporting others within the organisation.

Beckly, who joined Ward Williams in 2017 and was promoted to managing partner in 2021, has worked closely with Snapes on many projects.

Andy Snape’s new role involves continuing to collaborate closely with James Beckly and other partners to further propel Ward Williams’ success in the sector, both nationally and internationally.

Beckly said: “It’s a challenging yet exciting time for our industry, and I’m proud to be taking the lead of the next stage of Ward Williams’ evolution at a time of great transformation. My focus will be on ensuring we’re fit for the future through continued improvements to our infrastructure in readiness for AI integration and improving our service delivery through the formation of strategic partnerships with other industry leaders.

“I am excited to build on Ward Williams’ track record in sustainability and delivering a positive impact in our communities and for the people we work with. I was pleased to share the news of our recent B Corporation™ recertification following a rigorous evaluation process and having made significant progress against many key areas of improvement over the last three years.

“Through steadfast custodianship, it is our mission to consistently deliver professional and innovative advice while positively impacting people, places and the planet to ensure a sustainable future.”

 Snapes said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead Ward Williams over the past ten years. I am hugely proud of the legacy of sustainable growth and the many other notable achievements that we have been able to deliver as a team working together. The development of Ward Williams is a tribute to the sum of the many parts that it now encompasses.

“As the last of its Founding Partners to take the role of Chairman, it gives me great pleasure to reflect on the dreams of those three founders who had a simple vision of what a great consultancy business could look like and become.

“The business can look forward with the unshakeable confidence that it is underpinned by a governance model that is premised on long-term custodianship, is led by an amazing and diverse team of people and continues to enjoy the support of its clients across the length and breadth of the UK.

“I have absolutely no doubt that James and the other Partners will continue to lead and further develop Ward Williams in the right way. I look forward to supporting them in their endeavours, and I wish James every success as he takes the helm and guides the good ship Ward Williams on the next stage of its voyage!”


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