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 joining Argent Group in the same roles.
Since 2009, Jim has been closely involved with the development of Kings Cross Central (a joint venture between London & Continental Railways, DHL Supply Chain and Argent Kings Cross Limited Partnership), for which he has been primarily responsible for raising debt for working capital, development and investment. Since late 2012 Jim has been a member of Argent (Property Development) Services LLP and Argent Investments LLP, which acquired Argent Group’s property development and management businesses.
Jim sits on all ESP Board committees and given his financial background, chairs the audit committee. Jim is also a non-executive director of Tritax Big Box REIT plc.