Hereford Futures Board

Maj. Gen Ted Willmott, CB, OBE (Chairman)

Following a distinguished career with the British Army, Ted was chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board from 1990 – 1998.  In 2004 he became Master Engineer of the Livery of the City of London.  A former Chair of Herefordshire Primary Care Trust NHS, Ted now chairs Panel Hearings under the Mental Health Act.


Jonathan Bretherton (Chief Executive)

A chartered surveyor with track record of leading major redevelopment schemes and business development with Young Group plc, the Banks Group and the Greenbelt Group, Jonathan was formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Sunderland arc Urban Regeneration Company.  He is a board member of Malvern Theatres Trust and lives in Ledbury.

Councillor John Jarvis (Leader of Herefordshire Council)

John has been a Metropolitan Police Officer, run a catering business, and had a senior role as Divisional Director of Operations in Grand Metropolitan plc. He has also worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) advising companies in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  John has been involved in local politics for over 20 years and has represented Kerne Bridge on Herefordshire Council since 2006.  John was appointed Leader of Herefordshire Council in May 2011.

Doug Barrat

Doug Barrat FCIOB has extensive experience of the Construction and Services Industry gained over many years' involvement in the different disciplines associated with the construction process. He was employed for many years by the Kier Group and for the last eighteen years of his corporate life as a main board director of Ballast Plc, a major Anglo Dutch international construction and engineering group. Doug's experience covers all forms of procurement including the development of strategic alliances, framework agreements and partnering, the latter particularly around Developer and Retail clients. Doug was Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors in 2012. read more

Richard Clare

Richard Clare is Corporate Senior Vice President of ARCADIS NV, a worldwide built-asset consultancy advising companies on getting the best return from their business. Richard and his wife have spent the last five years restoring an ancient farmhouse on the slopes of the Black Mountains. They shop regularly in Hereford and know the city’s traffic problems well. Richard is a member of the 2012 Olympics Strategic Taskforce and, as a former director of Grosvenor Ltd, he was involved in several major urban regeneration projects, including Liverpool and Cambridge.

Christine Jones

Christine is a former director of the British Chamber of Commerce, Business Link CEO representing AWM Enterprise Board; a director of the Rural Regeneration Zone Board and Transforming Telford Shadow Board; chair of the Race Equality partnership in Herefordshire and a board member of both Herefordshire and Worcestershire Partnerships.  She is currently a board member and previous chair of Malvern Hills Science Park, Director of Central Technology and a governor of University of Worcester.

Glenn Jones

Glenn is managing director of a local Holiday, Leisure and Residential Parks business. He is a trustee of Visit Herefordshire, Leominster Museum, The Rural Youth Trust and the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. And is also a Governor of his local village school.

Keith Lawton

Keith has developed a distinguished career in international telecommunications and has successfully led a number of complex change programmes within the broadband industry.  He is also chair of the governing body at the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School and church warden at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford.

Robert Maskrey

Recently retired as chairman of Maskreys Ltd, the leading modern furniture retailer in Wales and the West, which he developed, Robert has also had extensive international business interests in wholesale furniture, fabrics and design. Robert is a former member of the Design Council and Arts Council of Wales, he is currently chairman of Maskreys Holdings Ltd which has recently launched an on-line accessories site 'Present Choices'. He is Chairman of Malvern Theatres Trust, patron of Shelter Cymru, and long time sponsor of the Hay Festival of which his wife Samantha is a director.

Nigel Sellar

Nigel Sellar is a financial consultant who is also a non-executive director of NHS Herefordshire, a director of an Italian engineering company and trustee of a UK pension scheme. Nigel is a chartered accountant who was the finance director of international engineering companies for over fifteen years, including Rolls-Royce Power Engineering plc and VATECH Transmission & Distribution Ltd. He has also been director of mergers & acquisitions for a European engineering group. Nigel lives in Brobury, Herefordshire, and is active in the local community as a parish councillor and treasurer of Brewardine PCC.