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.
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.
Emma Bolton MSc, BA(Hons), FRICS: Area Director (Leeds / North East)
Emma started her career as a town planner working in private practice. In 2015, she was awarded a Fellowship by the RICS surveyors in recognition of her professional standing within the industry.
Being passionate about driving value from estates portfolios, Emma has held senior leadership & director roles in local government & the NHS. Emma has established a solid reputation for her delivery focus in overseeing a variety of significant projects including large capital schemes, governance reviews, large disposals portfolios, acquisitions, policy development, landlord & tenant management & FM contract re-tendering.
Emma joins us as the Area Director for Leeds & the North East. She loves being faced with a complex challenge & thrives on working in partnership to develop & implement solutions.
Jude Wildgoose: Area Director (South & West Yorkshire)
Jude joined us as the Area Director for South and West Yorkshire in April 2019. Prior to she worked in a national leadership role as Interim Director of Partnering in the NHSI Strategic Estates Planning Team, acting as SRO for the delivery of the NHS Local Estates Strategy programme, leading on strategic communications, engagement and leading the delivery of local partnerships.
Jude previously held senior policy roles within Local Government, leading on partnership development and delivery to drive joint working and efficiency across the public sector.
With a strong commitment to customer focus and her ‘can do’ approach to resolving challenges Jude is well placed to identify and support partners across all levels of the health and social care system.
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 and partnership services provision, and asset management across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, the wider Midlands and Lincolnshire.
Prior to undertaking his current role Peter had a successful 28 -year career in HM Forces (Army), and served worldwide in command, operational, training and logistic appointments.
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.
Hannah Furness MRICS: Interim Head of Health Estate Consultancy
Hannah is a Chartered Planning & Development Surveyor with over 14 years of experience within regeneration and property development across the public & private sectors.
She brings strategic & delivery experience & skills across a range consultancy; land & property acquisition/disposal; investment appraisal & management and master planning.
Hannah takes an analytical & strategic approach to providing innovative solutions to challenges, & is passionate about promoting & driving efficiency & value for money in delivering outcomes.
Hannah is a also a member of Developing Consensus set in the North East, sits on the RICS North East Regional Board, is an RICS APC Assessor, Counsellor & Mentor for trainee surveying professionals. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Kate Ireland MA, DMS, RGN, RM, RHV: Senior Consultant
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 planning skills are key to Community Ventures’ continuing success in delivering primary care estates strategies and related feasibility and business case planning.
Kate’s clinical background also allows her to provide guidance and advice on the functional planning of services, and ensure that matters such as infection control are considered from the very inception of a building’s design.
Kim McNaught BSc (Hons), FCPFA: Senior Consultant
Kim has over twenty five years NHS experience as a finance professional. She has held senior finance roles across across a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary Provider and Commissioning organisations. She is a qualified APMG Better Business Cases Practitioner and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA).
She has a proven record of achievement and evidenced commitment to continuous professional development. Kim feels strongly that all finance professionals should ‘know the business’ in order to support clinical and service developments.
Her experience includes strategic financial management, integrated planning and contracting, financial improvement and turnaround and writing business cases.
Kim has an extensive professional network and reputation, both locally and nationally. She has contributed to a range of national programmes and initiatives and has won a number of awards for her contribution.
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.
Tim Baker: Programme Manager
Tim is working with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS as Programme manager for their extensive Capital Programme.
Tim has come to Community Ventures with a wealth of experience in estates PM roles in both Acute and Primary settings. Prior to this Tim has worked in both London and Yorkshire on various Social Housing regeneration and refurbishment end to end projects. This has resulted in Tim having a wide range of relevant estates experience across two public sectors.
Tim has a proven track record in developing strong stakeholder relationships and thrives in a delivery focused environment.
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.
Stuart Verry DMS, MBIFM: Operations Manager (Yorkshire)
Since 2005 Stuart has managed the Leeds portfolio of eleven LIFT buildings, acting as the principal point of contact for tenants and partners. His expertise in managing multiple service providers ensures that tenants receive the highest standard of hard facilities management service, leaving them free to concentrate on their own service provision.
Stuart is also part of the Estate Management team at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust in the role of Senior Estate Manager. He has led the team in the delivery of all the Trusts Estate and Property matters since the partnership with the Trust began in 2015.
Prior to joining Community Ventures Stuart gained valuable experience through estate management roles in the NHS as well as contractor roles in the private sector. As a result, he has considerable technical experience in engineering, building maintenance and PPM services, as well as soft facilities management services such as grounds maintenance, security and waste management.
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.
Jonathan Baldock: Senior Project Manager:
Jonathan started out as a trainee carpenter and joiner in the construction industry. Moving into site management through all levels up to Contracts Manager he worked with companies e.g. Tarmac Construction, Lovell & Connaught Partnerships on house building, major refurbishments and education projects.
Jonathan has delivered a portfolio of LIFTCo Primary Care and Joint Service Centres across Nottinghamshire to a value circa £80m, leading all schemes through Financial Close, construction and EDLP. This included managing the design & build contractor, banks technical advisor and all other stakeholder groups involved with each development.
Jonathan provides project management and contract administrator support to various stakeholder groups e.g. NHS PS, GP’s, CCG’s & NHS E.
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.
Wendy O’Connor MBA (Facilities Management): Senior Project Manager
Wendy comes to Community Ventures from a background in the Higher Education and LIFT sectors, having worked most recently as Senior Property Manager for LIFT in the South Yorkshire Region.
Her background in property management and FM matters led to her working with multiple service providers and tenants. Wendy has a particular skillset in strategic, space and operational management.
As a member of the Community Ventures team, Wendy is involved in managing and delivering key company projects in support of a client’s strategic objectives.
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.
Nicola Gundill: Senior Project Manager
Nicola has wide ranging business experience in both the private and public sector including joint ventures across the two sectors. She has held a number of senior project management roles together with significant experience across operational management, commercial, H&S and HR.
Her key strengths include her innate ability to influence and engage stakeholders to achieve business objectives and her self-motivated and proactive approach to overcome challenges and deliver results. She has a proven track record in successful business change and project management leading from concept to stabilisation, including the creation of robust business cases. Nicola is a qualified APMG Better Business Cases Practitioner.
Nicola sets herself high standards and consistently delivers. She is a passionate and confident individual and a natural problem solver. She embraces challenges and has a demonstrable record of consistent delivery of targets supported by colleagues’ testimonies.
Wahjed Jamil BSc (Hons): Business Analyst
Wahjed Joins the team with a background in Banking, IT and project management.
He graduated from the University of Bradford in 2013 with a degree in Computing, he has experience of IT in Digital Banking (Lloyds Banking Group) where he worked in IT Project Management. He also has experience in working on Commercial business banking (Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank). Over 5 years’ expertise in finance management, Process management and stakeholder management.
Wahjed enjoys generating management information reports and managing data which is an essential function for Community Ventures. He is passionate to improve processes and having an efficient approach to make the clients journey easier. As a Business Analyst at Community Ventures, Wahjed has a key role within the Consultancy Team supporting project managers in a range of commissions.
Lisa Shaw: Project Support Officer
Lisa brings a diverse range of experience from both the public and private sectors to her role at Community Ventures. This includes 10 years in acute care with the NHS and 6 years with former Regional Development Agency One North East together with client-facing roles across the private sector delivering primarily to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.
As part of the Community Ventures team, Lisa’s varied experience and strong organisational skills allow her to support the business in the delivery of key projects, successfully meeting client’s strategic objectives.
Lisa Craib ACMA, CGMA: Finance Manager
An experienced Chartered Management Accountant, Lisa has provided technical and practical accounting support to Community Ventures for the last five years through Galliford Try Investments Consultancy Services Ltd.
Prior to that, Lisa held various accounting roles over the preceding 20 years, mainly in Financial Services and the Oil Services industry.
Lisa’s varied and extensive practical experience along with strong technical accounting, process improvement and organisational skills have allowed her to be involved in various new projects and developments as well as leading the team providing the day to day operational accounting support to Community Ventures.
Trish Hewitt: Senior Property Manager
Trish has undertaken a number of roles in Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCHT) and has over 40 years of experience, primarily in the estates and strategic development sectors.
Working on three major developments for the acute sector, namely the Bexley Wing, Jubilee Wing and Chapel Allerton Hospital, she has developed skills in project management, design and commissioning new facilities.
For the past 12 years, she has provided a property management role at LCHT and is now part of the Estates Team primarily negotiating leases on behalf of the Trust, as well as supporting the Team strategically and operationally.
Trish enjoys this strong team approach and brings significant experience of working with other partners and the inter personal skills necessary to agree the best solutions.
John Watson BA (Hons): Estate Manager
John has a diverse background, having worked for a variety of organisations undertaking roles in estate management over 25 years, mainly in the public sector. This experience includes a decade working within senior leadership roles in the NHS in a variety of sectors including primary care, community services and commissioning. John has great relationships within the sector, particularly across the Yorkshire region, given the variety of roles that he has undertaken and his communication style, which is proactive, customer focused and inclusive.
John works in our Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust team as Estate Manager, where he supports the trust by delivering minor works and capital schemes, undertakes strategic reviews of the portfolio and has responsibility for the Premises Assurance Model.
John thrives on finding solutions to complex challenges, especially those property issues where there is a need for a people focus, and ensuring a deliverable solution that creates maximum benefit.
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.
James Massey MSc, BA(Hons): Estates & Property Assistant
James has a diverse background in business management, having worked for a variety of organisations in business development, support and analysis for e-commerce businesses roles. This experience includes strategic development for business processes and providing project support, with a focus around customer experience and retention.
James has also completed his studies for his MSc Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University. Through this he gained practical experience in an assistant building surveying role for an independent chartered building surveying practice, covering both the residential and commercial sectors.
James is a key member of the embedded Community Ventures team who are supporting the Estates functions for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
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.