Why Galion?

What We're About

Galion’s Mission

Galion is proudly delivering legacy projects within rural communities with a passion to protect and preserve the neighbourhoods it serves.  Each member of the team is passionate about building beautiful, traditionally designed homes that stand the test of time ensuring warm and welcoming communities for generations to come.

Galion….

Takes Pride

Stands for Quality

Nurtures Community

Values Heritage

Embodies Craftsmanship

Enhances Biodiversity

Offers a Timeless Approach

Is the Trusted Choice

 

Our Passion for Building Beautifully

Galion is passionate about crafting bespoke, traditionally designed homes, believing that characterful and charming approach is timeless and will effortlessly stand the test of time. Supported by a team of in-house industry experts, each home is built to an impeccably high standard using traditional craftsmanship and with the utmost care to meet the exacting requirements of modern day living.

Sustainability is at the heart of every Galion project. As considerate developers, sympathetic to existing communities and the landscape on which we build, every effort is made to ensure the safeguarding of the environment both within and surrounding our exceptional homes. A Galion home is a warm and happy place to be and certainly a distinctive home of which to be immensely proud.

Our Aspirations for the Land

Galion has a number of criteria that are important to us when selecting land for new projects.  With or without planning permission, each precious piece of land is handpicked and only selected if the team believes their sustainable approach to development will enhance the local area and provide a legacy project in which every stakeholder from the landowner and local residents to parish councillors can be proud.

Working collaboratively with landowners, local residents, architects and planners, Galion’s planning successes are based on their understanding of the responsibility of outstanding design which complements the local area and stands the test of time.

Galion is always delighted to speak with landowners who feel that their land fits with our ethos.  Please do get in touch using the Contact Us link provided.

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Meet the team

Angus Macdonald

Angus Macdonald

Founder

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Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes

Managing Director

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Jon Ward

Jon Ward

Director - Commercial

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Victoria Creber

Victoria Creber

Director - Sales & Marketing

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Graham Chesterman

Graham Chesterman

Purchasing Manager

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Kevin Penny

Kevin Penny

Senior Quantity Surveyor

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Fay Barnes

Fay Barnes

Quantity Surveyor

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Carmen Ward

Carmen Ward

Project Co-ordinator

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Sean Martin

Sean Martin

Sales & Marketing Executive

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Matthew Pitman

Matthew Pitman

Technical Manager

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James Russell

James Russell

Finance Manager

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Sam Firth

Sam Firth

Accounts Assistant

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Stephi Plant

Stephi Plant

Aftersales Care Coordinator

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Lee Swanick

Lee Swanick

Project Manager

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Angus Macdonald

Founder

Angus heads up the whole team at Galion and brings over 30 years’ experience of property development in the Southwest. He's a keen advocate of renewable energy and has trailblazed through various sectors within the industry.

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Tim Barnes

Managing Director

Tim brings 37 years of industry experience with him to the Galion team, coming from a previous role within Galion as Construction Manager and as Contracts Manager for a regional house builder delivering up to 120 units per year.

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Jon Ward

Director - Commercial

Jon is an experienced, multi-skilled Commercial Manager and Quantity Surveyor with a passion for delivering maximum team potential. He has a proven record of completing demanding projects on time and within budget whilst meeting and exceeding the expectations of stakeholders and clients.

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Victoria Creber

Director - Sales & Marketing

Victoria joined Galion in the spring of 2018 following a number of years in Asset Management; prior to which she was based in London at a large legal firm within the business development and marketing team. As well as the classic Sales & Marketing Director role, she has recently brought all sales initiatives in-house and is busy establishing her core team. Her passion for property and all things beautiful ensures that Galion’s ethos for creating something a little special is nurtured. Victoria has two (almost) grown up children and a pink-nosed moggie to boot.

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Graham Chesterman

Purchasing Manager

With 48 years of industry experience behind him, Graham is responsible for negotiating the purchase of construction materials and plant hire as well as material design and administration - supporting the site team with on-site programming, and processing invoices.

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Kevin Penny

Senior Quantity Surveyor

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, mostly in housebuilding, Kevin joined Galion in March 2020 excited to be involved with a quality product and developing the Galion brand. As part of the commercial team, Kevin is responsible for the financial controls across Galion’s schemes. Kevin lives in historic Glastonbury with his wife, son and boomerang daughter (she’s usually away studying for her Masters), along with a cat and five chickens.

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Fay Barnes

Quantity Surveyor

Fay, a Quantity Surveyor for 25 years, joined Team Galion in February 2019. She started her construction career estimating in the Flooring and Ceramic Tiling industry before working for two National Building Contractors. Following her love of the property industry, she then joined a luxury new homes developer based in Poole building high-end seafront properties in Sandbanks. When not working, Fay is kept busy with a husband, three children, two cats and a Miniature Schnauzer.

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Carmen Ward

Project Co-ordinator

Carmen joined the team late in 2019 having had a very diverse career path from Veterinary Nurse to Purchasing Manager of submarine parts! The decision to jump into the world of property was not a difficult one. Carmen is passionate about the world of design and customer service and so her role at Galion is, in her own words, “my dream job”. Combining this passion for property with the widest of skillsets, Carmen ensures that the ethos of Galion is upheld and nurtured at every corner. Married with two children and 4 chickens, the family love an adventure! Backpacking through Vietnam was one of the highlights but this team are equally happy walking the Beacons or exploring the British countryside.

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Sean Martin

Sales & Marketing Executive

Sean is the newest member of the sales team and joins having gained several years of experience working in independent and large corporate estate agencies. He moved from London two and a half years ago and is fully immersed in country living. His passion is to provide a personal touch in helping buyers secure their new home. Sean lives in Taunton with his young family and can be found on his days off exploring the beautiful Somerset countryside.

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Matthew Pitman

Technical Manager

Matthew has over 13 years experience in the house building industry, 6of those as an architectural technician. He has held technical roles with both private and PLC housebuilders over the past 7 years. Matthew has a keen interest in housebuilding with renewable technologies and methods, Matthew's passion in this area will only enhance the Galion ethos of delivering sustainable developments. Matthew is a keen Golfer and can be found most weekends at his local club Long Sutton.

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James Russell

Finance Manager

James is Galion’s Finance manager. As a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors specialising in property, James started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before going on to hold senior finance positions within large property, health and retail organisations. In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family and keeping fit.

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Sam Firth

Accounts Assistant

Sam is a key member of our finance team and is one of our longest serving team members having been in role for nearly three years. Prior to joining Galion Sam worked as an Architectural Technician and is passionate about being Creative. Sam likes to spend time outdoors and exploring the world, a keen traveller she has many stories to share! Sam’s favourite hobbies include drawing and creating Silver jewellery.

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Stephi Plant

Aftersales Care Coordinator

Stephi has several years experience working in customer care and aftersales. In her previous role she was looking after aftercare for holiday homes. She takes pride in her work and thrives in challenging situations. Stephi enjoys helping people and making sure that they’re experience with Galion is positively one to remember. She is always on your side, and a real asset to the team.

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Lee Swanick

Project Manager

Lee has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry – starting as a bricklayer before progressing to site management. Lee has worked across a variety of SMEs to larger PLCs and has experience with a range of building techniques including timber frame, traditional build and sustainable homes. Prior to working in construction Lee spent six years in the Army. When not overseeing our projects Lee spends his spare time playing pool and crafting handmade pool and snooker cues.

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