Meet the Venture team

Venture is a team of project managers based across a network of 12 offices nationwide. The team is led by a close-knit group of Partners, who between them have amassed decades of Project Management experience. Their expertise has guided countless projects to successful fruition on behalf of clients including Federated Hermes, M&G Real Estate, Hammerson, Tristan Capital, KKR and Columbia Threadneedle. Here we meet the team and understand what makes them tick…

James Ainsworth

Partner

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David Baker

Partner

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Nick Clark

Partner,
Head of Venture

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Richard Cooper

Partner

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Hannah Doherty

Assistant Project Manager

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Richard Fridd

Partner

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Pauline Morgan

Personal Assistant & Administration Manager

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Richard Taylor

Partner

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James Ainsworth

Partner

James joined Workman straight from university as part of the Graduate Scheme. A quarter of a century later, James remains at the firm as a Partner, and heads up the company’s Manchester office. With a particular specialism in retail project management, James leads on flagship retail projects and supports employees across the firm.

A keen sports fan, particularly football, James had to hang up his boots due to dodgy knees, however his daughter is carrying on the family tradition and James now helps coach a very high-level successful girls’ team. James maintains a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and enjoys spending time with his wife, two teenage daughters and new pup. Time away from the family is spent with his mates in sporting and social pursuits.

David Baker

Partner

In his role at Workman, David has amassed extensive project management experience, acting for landlords and developers, on both new-build and complex refurbishment projects. With particular focus on ESG strategies, he is client-focused and advice-driven, nurturing robust relationships to deliver projects to completion.

David likes to spend his spare time outdoors and enjoys cycling, golf, fishing and water sports, and loves travelling for holidays to far-flung locations, albeit this has now been curtailed by a canine addition to the family. David is involved in coaching his son’s football and rugby teams, not a reflection on his ability, more a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the touchline!

 

Nick Clark

Partner,
Head of Venture

Nick is Head of Venture, Workman Project Management.

Nick’s experience runs the gamut of project management, building surveying, due diligence and development monitoring services within the commercial sector, working for funders, property owners, occupiers, and end-users. Having worked across sectors, from offices to student accommodation, he has also managed projects on concert halls, Grade I, II* and II Listed and period properties, and occupied buildings.

Nick enjoys water-based sports and is passionate about sailing, windsurfing and rowing. Nick is married with three daughters and a canine companion who seems immune to Nick’s attempts at management and control.

Richard Cooper

Partner

An expert in residential development, Richard specialises in development monitoring and the leadership of project management teams. With vast UK and EU experience, Richard grasps the intricacies of funding and development arrangements. A passionate supporter and developer of younger staff, Richard is at the forefront of Workman’s drive for the advancement of future talent.

In his spare time, Richard is an experienced cyclist and has recently accomplished the John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge. In addition, he is an avid walker and has recently completed the Pennine Way. Married and a father of three, Richard is also a cricket buff and a keen traveller who has crossed many destinations off his bucket list, including South America, the Indian Ocean, and the Nordics.

Hannah Doherty

Assistant Project Manager

An enthusiastic project manager and coordinator, Hannah is well-versed in overseeing input from multiple suppliers and contractors. Having achieved First Class Honours in her combined degree in Property Development and Design for Interiors, Hannah sought out further career development in later years, successfully undertaking Prince2 project management training. These are skills which she has put to effective use in her role as Assistant Project Manager with the Venture Projects team. 

Outside work, Hannah is a qualified yoga instructor and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking. She has recently completed the 25-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in nine hours, raising funds for Joining Jack, a charity supporting those affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  

 

Richard Fridd

Partner

Richard’s extensive retail repurposing experience has equipped him with the foresight to avert problems, relying on his supply chain and procurement expertise to ensure plans run smoothly. With a strong awareness of neighbourly factors and the importance of stakeholder engagement, Richard goes the extra mile to understand the brief and tailor the approach to suit. Richard’s appreciation of civic values extends to his own community, where he volunteers as a litter picker.

Richard’s supportive leadership style at work plays into his role as a football coach at Newmarket Town Football Club, where he is currently working with a range of boys to build self-esteem. A keen cyclist, Richard has completed the John O’Groats to Land’s End and Coast to Coast journeys. He has also trekked in New Zealand, Australia, the Himalayas, and Africa, and aspires to complete the Appalachian Trail (before he gets too old). In the meantime, he is enjoying married life as a proud father of two.

Pauline Morgan

Personal Assistant & Administration Manager

A highly organised multi-tasker, Pauline is an experienced programme and project coordinator and has worked on a number of projects across various sectors. Commercially focused, with extensive stakeholder management and engagement experience. Pauline is PRINCE2 certified (Projects in Controlled Environments) which emphasises dividing projects into manageable and controllable stages.

When not at work, Pauline is most likely to be found baking while listening to Michael Bublé, possibly with a glass of wine close at hand. Pauline tries to keep fit and enjoys swimming and aqua-Zumba classes. Pauline is married with grown-up children and enjoys travelling, especially from the comfort of a cruise-ship, where she can spend the kids’ inheritance!

Richard Taylor

Partner

An expert in project set-up and strategy, Richard brings his business-plan focused skillset and advice to market-leading funds, institutions, and private equity organisations. His extensive cross-sector expertise means he has accrued specialist pre-acquisition knowledge and development-cycle understanding that has proven extremely valuable to clients.

Married with two daughters and two rescue dogs, Richard is a keen year-round hill walker, wild camper, and country-pub sponsor. Richard is an enthusiastic martial arts student, painter, film buff and bookworm.