Celebrated Hull solicitor joins board of housebuilder Beal Homes

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Dec 2017

Celebrated Hull solicitor and businessman Simon Lunt has joined award-winning regional housebuilder Beal Homes as a non-executive director.

Mr Lunt, senior partner at Hull-based Gosschalks Solicitors, has been brought onto the Beal board to add his extensive legal and commercial expertise.

The solicitor, who joined Gosschalks in 1976 and became partner in 1978, won the Lifetime Achievement award at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2017 last month.

Specialising in company law and corporate work, Mr Lunt was appointed Senior Partner in 2000 and regularly assists and advises clients on their commercial strategy.

Mr Lunt is also a director of his own group of property businesses and holds various other board positions, including chairman of Hull-based contact centre business ResQ and as a non-executive director of Hessle-based plastic components manufacturer Bridgewood and long-established construction company Houlton.

Richard Beal, chairman and managing director of Beal Homes, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Simon to the board.

"His vast experience and legal and commercial expertise will be a major asset and complement our exceptionally strong executive and non-executive line-up.”

Simon Lunt from Gosschalks

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Mr Lunt is well acquainted with the Beal business as Gosschalks is a long-term legal advisor to the company.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with the Beal Board at a strategic level to support the company’s continuing growth.

“Beal is a great business with a proud track record of success going back almost 50 years and exciting prospects for the future.”

In addition, Mr Lunt is a member of the council of the University of Hull and chair of the university’s Audit Committee.

Beal’s non-executive directors are led by John Beal, non-executive chairman and joint founder of the business along with his brother, Raymond, who passed away in 2003.

The other non-executive directors are Wayne Bowser, a former North of England regional director for HSBC, and Catherine Salkeld, a founding partner of Yorkshire Financial Management.

Mr Lunt’s appointment follows the recent retirement of long-standing non-executive director David Curtis, a well-known local businessman who served on the board for more than 10 years.

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Next year the firm, based at Bridgehead Business Park, marks its fiftieth anniversary of building homes in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and the company is acknowledged for its passion for quality and customer service.

The company recently claimed the Housebuilder of the Year title in the prestigious Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2017, in addition to being named Housebuilder of the Year in the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards 2016.

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