James currently works at IFAW as a regional director, a leading global Animal Welfare and Conservation organisation with a focus on landscape conservation, ocean protection, animal rescue and disaster response.

Prior to this James worked at CDP where he worked as the Director of Programmes at CDP, a non-profit providing the leading global environmental reporting system for over 5,800 companies and over 60% of market capitalisation and 600 Cities, States and regions. Leveraging the support of investors with assets under management of US 87 trillion, to provide the leading source of information on how companies and governments are driving environmental change in the areas of Climate Change, Water Security and Deforestation.

James has also worked at World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) as Global Programme Director where he developed and led a team on disaster focussing on disaster management for animals, achieving successes including aid to four million animals in more than 100 disasters, policy success within the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and national level policy change in several countries. James also managed WAP’s work on Bear Sanctuaries and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of Orangutans in Kalimantan. Prior to his time at WAP, James worked as Director of Operations for CCC overseeing marine and tropical forest conservation work in Fiji, Philippines, Malaysia, Honduras, Tobago and Mexico.

He has led 14 expeditions including two first explorations of the interior of the North Negros Natural Park in the Philippines and the Andravory forest in Madagascar. James is the co-author of the book ‘Animal Welfare and Management in Natural Disasters’ and a trustee of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Association. He has a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Emergency Planning and Disaster Management.