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 487 2391
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 487 2393
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 487 2392
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 487 2397
M: 07850 637840
David Witney MBIFM: Area Director (South Yorkshire)
David has extensive experience in healthcare property development, having developed in excess of £100 million of primary care developments. David has been the General Manager of numerous LIFT Companies, and currently has Barnsley and Doncaster LIFTCo’s under management, including development, asset management, client engagement and consultancy.
David has a background in regeneration, residential development and PFI/Partnerships, previously working with some of the country’s largest developers as Technical and Regional Director.
M: 07807 013732
Peter Jones: Area Director (East Midlands)
Peter has worked in the LIFT/healthcare property environment since 2004 and has overseen the delivery or management of some £200m worth of primary care facilities through LIFT. Peter is currently responsible for Community Ventures’ client engagement, business development, consultancy services provision, and asset management across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
Prior to 2004 Peter had a successful 28-year career in HM Forces (Army), and served worldwide in command, operational, training and logistic appointments.
M: 07919 325855
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 130 150
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 130 151
M: 07804 975440
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 487 2394
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 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 130 152
M: 07785 527 136
Jonathan Baldock: Senior Project Manager:
Jonathan comes from a contracting background within construction, starting his career as a City & Guilds carpenter and joiner. He moved into site management progressing through all levels up to Contracts Manager with private sector companies such as Tarmac Construction, Lovell and Connaught Partnerships working on new-build housing, major refurbishments and education projects.
As the client-side Construction Manager Jonathan has delivered an award-winning portfolio of LIFTCo Primary Care and Joint Service Centres across Nottinghamshire to a value circa £80m, leading all schemes through Financial Close, construction phases and EDLP. This included managing the design & build contractor, the banks technical advisor and all other stakeholder groups involved with each development.
Jonathan currently provides extensive project management and contract administrator support to NHS stakeholder groups such as NHS Property Services, GP’s, CCG’s and NHS England.
M: 07717 762 201
Karen Richardson MSc, BSc (hons): Senior Project Manager
Karen has extensive experience of both health and social care through previous roles as a clinician, provider and senior commissioner in the NHS, particularly across community and primary care.
As a member of the Community Ventures team she is involved in all aspects of the development, management and delivery of the company’s projects to meet specific client needs.
Together with strong programme and project management skills, Karen has significant knowledge of strategic planning in the NHS. This is supported by strong corporate, organisational and interpersonal skills, together with a delivery focus and broad experience of working in partnership with clients to deliver the required outcomes.
T: 0113 487 2396
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 487 2395
M: 07889 418994
Wendy O’Connor MBA (Facilities Management), CBIFM: Senior Project Manager
Wendy comes to Community Ventures from a background of strategic, space and operational management in the Higher Education and LIFT sectors, having worked most recently as Senior Property Manager for LIFT in the South Yorkshire Region.
As a member of the Community Ventures team, Wendy is involved in managing and delivering company projects in support of a client’s strategic objectives.
Vicky Jagger-Strangeway LLB: Company Secretary & Business Support Manager
Vicky provides executive level support to the CEO and Directors, and her 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. More recently she has been increasing her support to drafting business cases and data gathering for strategic estates planning projects.
T: 0113 487 2398
M: 07725 832 794
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
Chris Pipe: Associate MTP, BA(hons), MRTPI - Town Planning Associate
Chris has a wealth of experience in the Town Planning industry and as former Head of Planning for a Council and UK Planning & Land Director for a large PLC property company she knows her way through the planning system from a unique perspective. With extensive experience in handling complex Health Care schemes, such as a £500million super hospital, Chris can provide expert advice and support for any town planning proposal.
With a passion for town planning which began through seeing the decline of the coal mining community where Chris lived, evolved an amazing career built from a love of people and places and how they influence one another.
Chris provides independent planning consultancy based in North East England, services cover a wide range of planning matters, and specialises in residential development. Through her experience and by understanding client needs Chris ensures that the right approach is taken for each project providing no-nonsense, realistic support and advice for clients through a personal service ethos.
M: 07944 844822
Lisa Craib: Finance Manager
Biography to follow
M: 07423 453551
Tel: 0131 338 6064
Vacant: Personal Assistant to CEO and Administrator
Tel: 0113 823 1780