Vennture People

Vennture People

We’re proud to have a community of dedicated and passionate people supporting our cause and working hard to meet the needs of our rural county.

Find out who we are and how we’re structured.

Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
Lead Executive

Robert’s career began in the food industry transforming supply chain relationships. He went on to establish his own business coaching commercial strategy. The profits from his business funded an Education Think Tank developing the role of schools in social and economic regeneration.

Robert chairs Team Herefordshire Gold Group with other agency and business leaders – providing leadership to integrated community management in the City and Market Towns.

Rev. Simon Tarlton
Rev. Simon Tarlton
Chair

Parish Priest, keen gardener, volunteer fundraiser and a school governor. Prior to ordination he was a head gardener at a number of estates in UK and Europe and before that he spent 20 years in the shipping industry in UK and Hong Kong.

Steve Sully
Steve Sully
Street Presence

Steve’s career has been in the recruitment industry as a Consultant, Branch Manager, Area Manager and National Account Manager. He negotiated national advertising contracts, and was closely involved in the production of marketing material, working alongside professional agencies.

Steve has led Hereford Street Pastors since our formation in May 2013 and now he has responsibility for all Vennture’s Night Time Economy activity.

Rev. Lady Jane Lisvane
Rev. Lady Jane Lisvane
Trustee Portfolio for Finance, Performance & Risk

For 25 years Jane worked in business consultancy with SME’s across the South West Midlands and was a non-exec director in the NHS for 15 years. Jane has chaired successfully several local charities, including being vice chair of HALO sports taking it through significant investment led growth. Jane was High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 2017/2018.

Dave Hider
Dave Hider
Trustee for New Projects & Development

Dave is an experienced senior business leader who has spent the last 30 years leading teams through transformational change delivering enhanced performance and results in challenging environments. He now heads up his own leadership development business. Dave graduated from the Advanced Directors Programme at Cranfield University and received an MBA (Distinction) in Leadership & Management from York St John University.

Andy Butterfill
Andy Butterfill
Trustee for our Work with People Sofa-Surfing or Rough Sleeping

Andy is a retired medical practitioner and is a member of St Peter’s and St James’ Church, Hereford, where he is Treasurer. He has 13 years’ experience as a school governor.

Since retiring, Andy has championed the needs of Hereford’s homeless community leading the night shelter work in Hereford.

“You listened in a way that helped me make major decisions. I no longer feel like I can't face the day and I am looking forward for the first time in years”.