Jim is a most experienced leisure consultant with some 30 years experience to add to a dozen years as a senior local government officer. A maths graduate with excellent analytical skills, Jim brings a sharp focus to all consultancy assignments.
Jim has lead a wide range of PLC projects ranging from a comprehensive review of leisure provision for a north-west borough council to a review of a library service on the south coast, from a design and feasibility study for a privately funded leisure centre to a management review of a public school’s in-house leisure and conference operation.
One client complimented Jim on “striking the right balance between being robust yet flexible and managing to mix humour with the highest level of professionalism”.
Most recently Jim has been involved with a number of playing pitch strategies and ANOG assessments linking the provision of pitches and indoor facilities to new Local Plans. Key to these projects is ensuring full compliance to the National Planning Policy Framework and Sport England Guidance.
He was an expert witness to the CCPR’s review of sports facilities across the country. CCPR is now known as the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
Jim is a director of Essex Cricket in the Community and is chairman of Hutton Cricket Club. If the coronavirus allows, in 2020 he will complete 59 continuous cricket seasons.
Jim’s claims to fame include:
Lottery awards totalling some £20 million, including £6.2 million for The Quays Swimming Centre in Southampton, at that time the largest sports award.
Advising several local authorities including Lambeth and Brent on investment-led contracts which levered in investment of over £6 million.
The original market assessment and feasibility study for Cadbury’s World.
Investment advice to blue chip leisure operators