Greg Locke, one of housebuilding’s most highly respected and inspirational leaders, has been bestowed with a prestigious ‘Honorary Mentor Award’ at the glittering annual Pride of Bewley Awards held at the weekend.
The ceremony, held at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, home of Reading FC, was an evening of recognition and celebration of a number of awards to staff and key stakeholders for their dedication in difficult times over the last 12 months.
Bewley’s Operations Director, Peter Carpinelli, had the privilege of presenting the surprise award on the night to Greg, who took a standing ovation from over 300 staff and partners, subcontractors, suppliers, consultants, estate agents, and advisors. The accolade highlighted Greg’s exceptional leadership, guidance, and unwavering commitment to mentoring and shaping the future leaders within Bewley Homes.
The majority of Greg’s four decades in the industry have been spent at Managing Director, Regional Chairman, and Chief Executive level for companies including Redrow, David Wilson Homes and Galliford Try.
Commenting, Peter said: “Greg is arguably the one of the most well-known, respected and accomplished individuals in the industry today, and whilst arguably this could have been a Lifetime Achievement Award, he’s not done yet!
“Greg has made a significant contribution throughout his career and whilst he’s influenced the housebuilding industry at board level, be that with national PLCs, private enterprises and SMEs, he’s also been a staunch champion of young talent, continually encouraging his colleagues to grow and progress their careers.”
Peter added: “Greg continues to remind us that mentorship is an integral part of leadership, and the greatest challenge of today’s leaders is the work to prepare leaders for tomorrow. Those who work with Greg are constantly reminded to ‘Always punch above your weight’, ‘only accept the best’ and ‘Never give up!’ which I believe are the mantras that define a winner’s mindset.
“I count myself among the many across our industry at all levels, indeed many of you in this room this evening, to have had the great pleasure and privilege of working with and alongside him, listening and learning and most importantly the ability to call him a ‘mentor and a friend.’
On receiving his award, Greg commented: “This means so much to me. I am a very proud man tonight, and deeply honoured to receive this award in front of so many of you who I’ve known and worked with for so many years.
“Mentorship and guidance play pivotal roles in shaping future leaders, and it has been immensely rewarding to witness the growth and success of talented individuals. I am privileged to be a part of an organisation that values mentorship and invests in the development of its people.”