Jim is an independent sustainability consultant with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors where he has held a variety of senior executive roles. Most recently, Jim developed and led the environment campaigns of Business in the Community (BITC), supporting a wide range of multi-national corporates at Board level in their own sustainability programmes (including IBM, BT, EDF Energy, Unilever, Lloyds Banking Group, Alliance Boots, M&S, United Utilities) as well as engaging a wider group of businesses to encourage environmentally sustainable best practice. At BITC, Jim established HRH The Prince of Wales’s Mayday Network, providing support and encouragement to nearly 4000 businesses of all sizes in addressing the urgent issue of resource depletion and climate change. He continues to be closely associated with the Prince’s charitable and sustainability interests and is the architect and convenor of the Prince’s Business Emergency Recovery Group (BERG). Jim’s other clients include the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, working alongside the Centre’s member universities and business schools to develop executive education programmes designed to expose business leaders to game-changing science and technology which will help them deliver a sustainable future.
Other clients include Carbon Trust Certification Ltd, for which he chairs the certification Impartiality Committee, and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, for which he acts as interim executive Director. Jim’s previous roles have included establishing and running the Environment Agency’s National Flood Warning Centre, a centre of expertise in flood forecasting, warning and public awareness, and senior management positions within blue-chip multinationals, such as The BOC Group and AMP Incorporated (now part of the Tyco group) with responsibility for a variety of environmental programmes. Jim’s career started as a submarine engineering officer in the Royal Navy with experience of both nuclear and diesel-electric submarines, as well as shore-based engineering and logistic support roles.