Clive, aged 70, was educated at Bishop Vesey Grammar School in Birmingham. He served Articles with KPMG in Birmingham, qualifying simultaneously as a Chartered Accountant, Cost & Management Auditor and Chartered Secretary.
Moving to the City of London in 1960, he became managing partner of the largest market maker on the London Stock Exchange before moving to Rothschild in 1970. In 1976 he set up his own investment and venture capital business from where he has built up a wide variety of different enterprises which have subsequently been floated and/or valorised by private sale.
Clive has lived and farmed in Herefordshire for nearly 25 years.
He has supported many charities, particularly in the field of education, for which he was awarded the Order of the British Empire in the millennium honours list. Clive was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire in 2005.
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor, having pursued his career through a variety of private companies, including time spent with Young Group plc and the Banks Group, both of them property, logistics and minerals companies and with the Greenbelt Group where he successfully established the company in England and Wales as Managing Director.
His specialisation in major redevelopment schemes was developed primarily with the Banks Group, managing the establishment of a new settlement on the south eastern fringes of Greater Glasgow where there are now approximately 3000 new homes, an 80 acre renewable energy park and major infrastructure.
He was Deputy Chief Executive of Urban Regeneration Company; Sunderland arc where he secured "minded to approve" planning consent for a £200M mixed use development and led a variety of teams in developing projects with a total value of approximately £500M.
He is a member of the RICS Regeneration Policy Panel and sits on the editorial panel of the Journal of Urban Design and Planning
Chris Bull is Chief Executive of both Herefordshire Council and Herefordshire Primary Care Trust – the first in the country to lead both organisations. Appointed in December 2007, his aim is to develop an enhanced partnership designed to improve public services, achieve better value for money and ensure that Herefordshire continues to make decisions on how local public services are delivered.
The Council and the Primary Care Trust employ in excess of 4,000 people full time in the county, responsible for nearly 500 different public services with an annual budget of over half a billion pounds. New joint working arrangements will be focused and based in Herefordshire to support local people and communities in gaining greater control for their own wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life countywide for the long term. This innovative and ambitious approach works well with the objectives for the ESG project to change people’s lives for the better and keep Herefordshire a very special place that rewards who lives in, works in or visits the county.
With a BA Hons in Natural Science from Cambridge University, and a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Minnesota, John is an avid environmentalist in his private life and has family membership of FOE. He is professionally and personally interested in the topic of sustainability and believes with a passion that manufacturers need to be open and honest about the impacts of what they do, and that they should be responsible about what they make and how they make it.
Charles is a Chartered Surveyor and Partner of Ingleby, Trice, Kennard, based in the City of London. His practice deals with all aspects of property work, specialising in the City, Holborn and the immediate fringe including SE1 and E1.
Charles’ specialisation is in investment and development, having been closely involved in many site assemblies and redevelopments in London, including Spitalfields and the revitalisation of St Katharine Docks. His practice is retained to act for a number of major institutions, including the Worshipful Company of Mercers, and Morden College, a large charity established for over 300 years, located in Blackheath, London.
Charles lives in Herefordshire and divides his time between the county and his offices in the City.
Sponsored to university by Pilkington Glass, Chris Jones began her career with the organisation in their strategic marketing department. Moving to the subsidiary Triplex Safety Glass she developed a working knowledge of the motor industry from the supplier perspective. She moved into the fashion retail world as a business analyst for the Wallis Fashion Group before they became part of Sears Holdings. Still within the retail world she worked for the UK arm of an American retail consultancy Management Horizons.
Short term contracts with Geest plc and her own consultancy business specialising in strategic marketing and business planning followed. An enjoyable but brief venture into drinks retailing where she imported premium Czech beer and French cider brings her career to her present organisation, the Chamber of Commerce & Business Link Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
She started as an area manager for Herefordshire, was rapidly promoted to operations director, becoming the chief executive in January 2001. In addition she was a director of the British Chambers of Commerce for three years, chair of the West Midlands Business Link Chief Executives’ Forum for the first two years, was part of the formation of the Marches Farm Enterprise Programme with Harper Adams which later became the Farm Business Advisory Service. In turn this created the Women in Rural Enterprise group. She was the Business Link CEO representing the region on the Advantage West Midlands Enterprise Board. In addition, she was a director of the Rural Regeneration Zone Board and Transforming Telford Shadow Board, director representing the private sector on the regional Broadband company, chair of the Race Equality partnership in Herefordshire, a Board Member of both the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Partnerships.
She remains a Board member and previous chair of Malvern Hills Science Park, director of the Central Technology Belt company, a director of ESG Ltd a regeneration company in Hereford and a Governor of University of Worcester. She has also recently been accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Glenn Jones, 42, is Managing Director of Pearl Lake Leisure Park, a National Award Winning Holiday & Leisure Park in Shobdon, northwest Herefordshire.
Previously a long time director of APH (the Association for the Promotion of Herefordshire) and more recently a board member of Visit Herefordshire, he brings his leisure and tourism experience to ESG.
His other wide ranging interests include: Herefordshire Young Farmers (he is a past National Chairman), governor of Staunton-On-Wye Endowed Primary School, Trustee of The Rural Youth Trust and Leominster Museum.
With two young children, Glenn particularly recognises the long term importance of ESG to the future of Herefordshire.
Keith has been selected for, and successfully led, a number of key roles throughout his career, from call centres, Satellite Earth Stations, International Switch Centres and currently the BTUK Wholesale Broadband service of 8 million customers. He has also led a number of complex change programmes involving the broadband industry.
He is chair of the governing body at the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School and church warden at St Nicholas’ Church, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford
Anna was born in Hereford on the 18th May 1979. She has an agricultural background having spent the first 18 years of her life living on a farm in Herefordshire. After living in London for several years she has returned to live and work in Herefordshire.
Anna graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Imperial College, London in 2001. She worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the London and Bristol offices between October 2001 and January 2005, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in November 2004.
Since February 2005 Anna has worked for Clive Richards & Co as the financial controller/director and company secretary of a variety of companies.
Having retired in August 2007 after 21 years as Headteacher of The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, Andrew intends to remain involved in the community. He has trained as a ‘School Improvement Partner’ under a Government initiative, to use his experience and skills to help schools develop and improve, and will also represent ESG on the Higher Education for Herefordshire Management Group, whose role is to develop collaborative higher education opportunities in Herefordshire.
He will also be using his seat on the ESG board to champion the cause of those with disabilities to the development planners, having been a trustee of the Herefordshire Lifestyles charity for over 15 years, and currently its chairman.
Robert developed the brand of Maskreys Ltd (a 108 year old business) as the leading modern furniture company in Wales and the West whilst pursuing other international business interests in wholesale furniture, fabrics and design. He is a keen patron of the arts, being sponsor and supporter of Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre and the Hay Literary Festival.
Robert is also Chairman of Lower Machen Music Festival, has been appointed to the board of the Malvern Theatres Trust and is Patron of Shelter Cymru. He lives in Herefordshire.
A science graduate, Mark Pearce has over 15 years experience in delivering economic development and regeneration in a variety of agencies at a national and regional level.
Mark joined Advantage West Midlands The Regional Development Agency, at its inception in 1998. In his most recent post he worked as Partnerships Director, leading the development and delivery of programmes and projects worth more than £100 million a year in the west of the region and Birmingham and Solihull. These include the new Castle Street Campus for the University of Worcester and the Rural Regeneration Zone portfolio incorporating Hereford Learning Village, Rotherwas Futures and the Market Towns Programme in Kington, Ledbury, Bromyard, Leominster and Ross.
In January 2007, Mark was promoted to the post of Corporate Director for Economic Regeneration, responsible for leading the Agency’s work in regeneration and economic inclusion, planning and transport, urban and rural renaissance, health, tourism and sustainable development.
Mark has been involved in the Edgar Street redevelopment since the first discussions with Herefordshire Council.
Roger was born and has lived in Herefordshire all his life. He comes from an agricultural background and has been involved in the community and voluntary sector for over 30 years.
Elected to Herefordshire Council in 1997, he became the Leader in 2003 with responsibilities for Corporate Strategy, Finance and Economic Development. He serves on the Boards of the Local Government Employers’ Organisation and the West Midlands Regional Assembly.
He is Chairman of the West Midlands Regional Transport Partnership and Leader of the West Midland Shire Leaders.
Jane Preston, aged 39, is managing director of Hereford based Riverside Training, a company she founded 12 years ago, and which specialises in work based training for young people. She previously worked in management in the retail sector. Her experience of training for young people will be invaluable to ESG, which is already urging businesses to rethink their training requirements in readiness for the opening of the new retail/leisure quarter. Jane also serves as a magistrate. The daughter of a Preston –on-Wye farmer, Jane is married and has a teenage son.
Ted retired from a highly successful career with the British Army in 1990, where he rose to Major General and President of the Ordnance Board responsible for advice on the safety and suitability for service of weapon systems for all three of the Armed Services. He was then Director General Weapons and also appointed Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers and President of the Institution of Royal Engineers.
From 1990 to 1998 Ted was Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board, leading the organisation through major change whilst continuing to arrange the training of some 14,000 new entrants to the industry each year.
Ted became Master Engineer of the Livery of the City of London in 2004. He was Chair of Herefordshire Primary Care Trust NHS and is now Independent Special Adviser to the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium NHS.