Paul Venning

Paul has extensive experience across different cultures and industries in both the private and public sector from blue chips through to start ups and small medium organisations. Over the last seven years Paul has increased his active involvement with SME charities and not for profit organisations.

He is passionate about enabling individuals and organisations realise their strengths and ambitions, and believes most hold the key to their success already – “it’s just that they need the right relevant support to use existing and/or new resources and identify the most effective pathway to make it happen and make a difference!”

MIoD (Institute of Directors) – fully accredited, Parish Councillor, Trustee – Action with Communities in Rural Kent. Paul holds an MBA from London Business School.

Key skills & experience

  • Marketing & Business Strategy; planning through to tactical implementation
  • HR: Key staff recruitment, mentoring and succession planning
  • Team effectiveness & dynamics
  • Financial planning & income development
  • Cyber Threat Risk awareness & mitigation
  • Problem solving, out of the box new ideas generator – tech savvy!
  • Feasibility planning & options appraisals
  • Trusted advisor, sounding board and confidante


Recent projects

  • Options Appraisal – major charitable trust in the leisure sector faced with refurb or new build decision and looking to engage key partnerships in health and well-being, adult social care, community services (Big Potential)
  • Turnaround and Strategic Planning for charity focussing on low risk offender training and ex offender employment readiness (Lloyds Bank Foundation)
  • Trustee – Action with Communities in Rural Kent – Chair of Marketing & Development Group – projects include Loneliness and Exclusion, alternative membership, alternative income streams, social enterprise, social media & website redevelopment, GDPR readiness, cyber threat staff awareness training
Bowel Research UK“Following the merger of Bowel & Cancer Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation we needed to appoint a Chief Executive to the new organisation. There was a great deal of complexity within our organisations with which Eastside Primetimers were always helpful and patient. They came up with an excellent list of potential candidates from which we eventually appointed one. We are tremendously grateful to them” Paul Reynolds, Chair
Malvern Special Families (MSF)“Following a period of successful growth, MSF were faced with the challenge of replacing a highly experienced, long-standing CEO who relocated away from Malvern for family reasons. We asked Eastside Primetimers to take on a difficult recruitment brief to find a first class leader with strong strategic, operational and financial management experience, experience of working with children and families and/or people with disabilities, and a proven track record in fundraising. Not only did their specialist consultant Paul Venning find a great and varied shortlist, he also worked closely with two of our Trustees every step of the way, including accompanying them at shortlist candidates interviews in Malvern and onboarding the successful Chief Executive candidate” Gareth Jones, CEO

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