Our management team has a wealth of professional, managerial, and technical expertise, and invaluable experience across the private and public sectors.
Nigel Fenny MBA: Chief Executive & Director
Prior to joining Community Ventures Leeds in 2005, and subsequently creating the Community Ventures Group in 2008, Nigel gained extensive NHS experience as an Executive Director working in community, mental health and acute Services.
His experience and insight allowed him to create and subsequently preside over the Community Ventures Group five-year business plan, realising sustained growth and strong ROI for shareholders.
Nigel has an impressive and extensive record in creating and managing long-term strategic partnerships that deliver success for all parties.
T: 0113 823 1781
Dean Spencer: Commercial Director
Dean has extensive experience in LIFT programmes, providing commercial and development direction on projects with a combined value of over £100m. He has also worked on multiple 3PD projects, steering unique joint venture models with GPs.
Dean always looks to add value to projects through the creative use of diverse and innovative products and approaches, including JVs, land-swaps, FM, service / estate reviews, feasibility studies and capital programmes.
Dean has a background as a Quantity Surveyor, initially working on public and private sector developments, new builds and refurbishments. Later, he worked on end-to-end regeneration projects for a large pension fund before joining Community Ventures.
T: 0113 823 1783
Stewart Irvine BSc, Dip AAS, MARC, MRIBA: Technical Director
Stewart began his working life as an Architect; this early experience proving invaluable within Community Ventures. His expertise in successfully managing client relationships includes the ability to engage and consult with stakeholders, clients, end-users and tenants to develop the project brief and scheme design, integrate the requirements of all parties and set the vision for the project.
These skills have ensured the successful delivery of construction and management contracts leading to the integrated project delivery, handover and successful operation of all Leeds LIFT facilities with a combined estate value of over £100m.
T: 0113 823 1782
Kate Ireland MA, DMS, RGN, RM, RHV: Business Development & Partnerships Director
Kate brings a wealth of senior management expertise to Community Ventures, with extensive experience of health and social care in both the private sector and the NHS. Previously, Kate has undertaken a variety of clinical leadership, service design and governance roles at board level particularly in Commissioning Primary Care, Community and Mental Health Services. These health and social care strategy and planning skills are key to Community Ventures’ continuing success.
Kate’s clinical background also allows her to provide guidance and advice on the functional planning of services, and that matters such as infection control are considered from the very inception of a building’s design.
T: 0113 823 1785
M: 07850 637840
Scott Clarkson: Development Manager
Scott has worked in private architectural practices and in facilities management in both private and public sectors organisations, including the police and the NHS. He gained an invaluable insight into both sides of project management on community development projects, having represented NHS Trusts within LIFT projects before joining Community Ventures.
Scott’s expertise in project managing complex programmes means that he is skilled in every aspect of their delivery, including land and property acquisition, feasibility studies, lease negotiations, development, handover and maintenance. The range and complexity of projects on which Scott has worked means that he has an extremely diverse knowledge base on which to draw.
T: 01642 260 731
Stuart Verry DMS, MBIFM: Operations Manager (Yorkshire)
Stuart currently manages 11 LIFT buildings and one 3PD building, acting as the principal point of contact for tenants and partners. His expertise in managing multiple service providers ensures that tenants are completely satisfied with their facilities on all FM matters, leaving them free to concentrate on their own service provision.
Prior to joining Community Ventures, Stuart gained valuable experience through estate management roles in the NHS and the private sector. As a result, he has considerable technical expertise in engineering and building maintenance and PPM services, as well as grounds, gardens, security and waste management.
T: 0113 823 1784
Mark Dolan BA(hons): Operations Manager (North East)
Mark manages an extensive portfolio including six LIFT buildings in the Tees Valley South Durham area; 50 properties within the NHS PS (Tees) contract and 21 properties within the NHS PS (Durham) contract. Mark oversees all aspects of the supply chain across his portfolio, ensuring tenants receive the highest standards in hard facilities management. He organises and chairs review meetings with key contacts to ensure ongoing satisfaction with overall service provision.
Mark gained valuable private sector experience in the hospitality industry, carrying out roles in business and financial analysis, project support, acquisition and re-financing before moving into an operational role. Joining the LIFTCo private sector shareholder for the financial close of Tranche 2 schemes, Mark then assumed management responsibility for the operational buildings before transferring to Community Ventures.
T: 01642 260 732
M: 07804 975440
Vicky Jagger-Strangeway LLB: Company Secretary & Business Support Manager
Vicky provides executive level support to the CEO and Directors, and is responsible for the overall management of the Yorkshire office.
Vicky’s areas of expertise include governance and performance management, process, project and event management, company law, marketing and health and social care legal processes.
Vicky successfully led the company through ISO 9001 accreditation and manages the systems and procedures in place to maintain the standard.
T: 0113 823 1780
Ian Hallett Senior Project Manager
Ian has a background in construction management and has over 25 years experience working on new build and refurbishment developments for the NHS and private healthcare providers including body scanning technical installations.
From a planning and design management background, Ian promotes a proactive attitude and provides a practical and analytical approach to the development process leading to the successful delivery of both construction and management contracts, whilst ensuring full stakeholder involvement at all stages of the process.
T: 0113 823 1786
M: 07889 418994
Graham Frankland BEng (Hons), C.Eng, MICE: Senior Project Manager
Graham is an experienced Chartered Engineer with strong corporate, organisational and interpersonal skills. He has strong project and strategic planning skills and extensive experience in asset management, construction, FM and procurement at both corporate and service levels.
Graham was the lead for the BSF programme at Hartlepool Borough Council where he was also a local authority member on the DTCV LIFT Strategic Partnering Board.
He led the Council’s property rationalisation programme achieving savings of over £0.5million in five years and £2.5million of capital receipts.
As a member of the Community Ventures management team Graham is involved in all aspects of the development, management and delivery of the company’s projects to meet the specified needs of the clients.
T: 01642 260 733
M: 07785 527 136
Jennie Whittaker: Office Manager
Jennie has joined our team taking on the role of Office Manager for the Yorkshire Office due to staff progression within the Company.
She has had experience working with multiple agencies including the NHS and wider health industry as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for a local primary school, co-ordinating and chairing meetings and ensuring high outcomes were achieved.
Working in a variety of sectors such as Education, Water Treatment, Hospitality, Transport and Manufacturing Jennie has undertaken various roles and has also run her own business. This gives her a wealth of office and management experience to bring to Community Ventures.
Jennie is also trained as an in-house Auditor for ISO 9001 which will assist with maintaining and developing the high standards already set in the Company.
T: 0113 823 1780
Gavin McKie BSc(hons) MCIOB: Development Manager
Gavin has joined Community Ventures as Development Manager. Prior to this Gavin was a Project Director of an International construction and services provider as part of their equity team. He has delivered Partnering Services for a range of sectors since 2010 through his experience of working within the BSF Programme and has extensive experience of all forms of construction related contract structures with an emphasis in complex revenue financed schemes.
He has strong relationships with Project Finance lenders, which has enabled him to close schemes during financially challenging times. Gavin maintains a 100% track record of securing opportunities in the Social Infrastructure sector. Some of his key successes include leading the procurement of over £500m of Social Infrastructure projects and taking in excess £40m of projects through the New Project Approval Process. Gavin was responsible for securing the first community hub and schools project in the UK through the Competitive Dialogue process.
At Community Ventures Gavin will employ creative and innovative commercial solutions for development projects that form part of the strategic service and estates improvement plans for partner organisations.
M: 07526 168771
Tel: 0113 823 1787
Lilian Dalton: Property Manager
Prior to joining Community Ventures, Lilian gained over 25 years of experience working within the estates, property and facilities management environment of the NHS mainly within Leeds, including the role of Head of Property Management for the former Leeds PCT.
Most recently Lilian has worked within the estates team at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust where she has focused on developing occupancy agreements for third party tenants.
As Property Manager with Community Ventures, Lilian will continue to develop third party occupancy agreements as well as providing support in the overall property management services within the company which includes dealing with leases, legal issues and other building related matters with financial consequences.
T: 0113 843 3173
Lisa Craib: Finance Manager
Biography to follow
M: 07423 453551
Tel: 0131 338 6064