Venture Xtreme is headed by Managing Director and founder Steve Jones, backed by fellow Director David Taylor and VX Consulting Chief Executive Andy Macnae. The company with its strong mix of sports, commercial, property and funding expertise, will bring forward projects from conception and initial feasibility through to design, development and operation.
Steve is the UK’s leading extreme sports expert and is the Managing Director of Venture Xtreme. He has over 25 years experience in the world of adventure sport in senior roles from instructing, to manufacturing and project management. Steve created the UK’s biggest company building climbing walls, caves, ice walls and other extreme sport destinations. He has directly managed numerous extreme sports projects including the installation of many of the biggest adventure sports facilities in the world.
Steve also acts as a consultant in extreme sports, helping and advising other companies that want to include extreme sports in their facilities mix in the UK and internationally. To date Steve has worked on over 30 projects around the world giving him unrivalled experience in this area.
Steve continues to be active in a wide range of extreme sports including sailing, diving, climbing, canyoning and caving. He has made three TV documentaries recording his adventures in every corner of the planet. Steve has an enviable track record of successfully leading teams both on international expeditions and in business.
David is one of Europe’s leading regeneration specialists and his career has taken in major roles in the public and private sectors. He studied architecture and planning at Dundee University, before doing his RIBA part 2 and post-graduate planning at the Architectural Association in London. Following on from that he acted as Special Advisor to John Prescott MP in his role as Shadow Spokesman for the Regions, Transport and Employment.
David helped found Lancashire Enterprises Ltd, a pioneering local authority company from 1983-1989. He was then recruited by Europe’s largest construction and development group AMEC plc as Chief Executive of a new subsidiary AMEC Regeneration. Following on from this he was recruited to head up English Partnerships, a new national regeneration agency and he worked there from 1993-1996.
In 2000 he set up DTP Limited, which is currently responsible for high profile projects with an end value in excess of £3 billion. David’s other current involvements are Chairman of the housing pathfinder in East Lancashire (Elevate) and Deputy Chairman of Preston North End plc. He also chaired the government’s Urban Regeneration Company in Hull for 6 years up until the summer of 2008. Most recently David has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Olympic Development Agency (ODA).
Andy has worked with Steve on all our major projects of the past five years and recently joined the team as Chief Executive of Venture Xtreme Consultancy. He brings with him a unique blend of strategic and business expertise backed up by over 30 years experience in the world of adventure sport as a climber, skiier and mountain biker.
Andy was the National Officer for the British Mountaineering Council and Chief Executive of Mountain Services. He has also enjoyed senior roles in the outdoor retail sector. He was the founding editor of Summit Magazine and co-authored Safety on Mountains. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School. As an adventure sports consultant Andy's principal interest is in place-making strategies and developing facilities with robust business cases backed up by strong evidence. He has worked on many major projects in the UK and internationally and his experience complements Steve's perfectly.
Andy has led over 15 expeditions to the greater ranges and explored new climbing locations from the Rift Valley to the Musandam peninsula. He remains a keen climber but nowadays focuses his competitive urges on the bike! He is Chairman on the Pennine Mountain Bike Association, a board member of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, a member of the Mount Everest Committee and vice chair of the Lancashire Visitor Economy Forum.