Leadership change for Community Ventures

There’s big news for consultancy firm Community Ventures, as Area Director Emma Bolton will be stepping up to the Chief Executive position later in the year, as current CEO Nigel Fenny announces his semi-retirement.

Community Ventures CEO Nigel Fenny has headed Community Ventures for almost 20 years, working first at Community Ventures Leeds, then going on to form the Community Ventures Group. 

In his time at Community Ventures, Nigel has been responsible for developing millions of pounds of healthcare infrastructure to those areas which are most in need of support, and he will be hugely missed by his colleagues and partners alike. He will be staying on with the team in a part-time, freelance capacity, so the company will retain his expertise and knowledge in the business.

Nigel will step down from the end of September to pursue new challenges, and Emma Bolton, the current Area Director for North East and Leeds, will be taking up the role of Chief Executive following Nigel’s departure later this year. Emma has been with Community Ventures for four years, prior to which she held senior and director level roles across a range of NHS organisations, for which she is very well known across the healthcare system.

Emma said: “It is a huge privilege to be moving into the role of Chief Executive and to be following in the footsteps of the company’s founder. I am really excited about the future for the company and its role in providing solutions to our public sector partners’ estate challenges.”

Dean Spencer will continue to lead the development arm of Community Ventures and Peter Jones will expand his remit to lead the management of Community Ventures operational estate and all of the LIFT companies across the North and Midlands that Community Ventures supports.

Jo Barnes, Sewell Estates MD, said: “It’s an exciting time for the group as we’re diversifying our offer and increasing our profile in the consultancy world. I’d like to take the opportunity to recognise Nigel’s role in building such a stellar team at Community Ventures that meant that we could promote entirely from within. As someone that has observed Emma’s career for a number of years now, I am really chuffed that we have her energy and expertise in our business and I am confident that she will make the role her own over the next few years.”