Jim has worked in industry and commerce since 1985, having qualified in 1979 as a chartered accountant at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He acted as Finance Director and Company Secretary at Minty plc (1987-1989), Creston Land & Estates plc (1989 – 1995) and NOBO Group plc (1995 – 1997), before working at Argent Group in the same roles (1998 – 2005).
Whilst at Argent, Jim was closely involved in the development of Kings Cross Central (the joint venture between London and Continental Railways, DHL Supply Chain and Argent Kings Cross Limited Partnership), for which he was primarily responsible for raising debt for working capital, development and investment. Between late 2012 and 2015 Jim was a member of Argent (Property Development) Services LLP, which acquired Argent Group’s property development and management businesses.
Jim is also a director and chairs the Audit Committee of AEW UK Long Lease REIT plc. He was the senior independent director and chaired the Audit Committee from its IPO in late 2013 until March 2019.
Jim is the senior independent Advisor at ESP and sits on all of its Board Committees and, given his financial background, chairs the audit committee.