James is an internationally recognised business leader with operational experience in the media and environmental industries, public office, alongside expertise in SME business start-ups and management.
In 1996, he was Britain’s first Black CEO of a publicly quoted company, Epic Interactive Media and was awarded the CBE for services to the Sussex Economy. He was the longest serving Chairman of South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Honorary Consul for South Africa for South East England, and a member of the FCO Caribbean Advisory Group, created to increase links with the West Indies and the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK.
Currently, he is Executive Chairman of Drenl Ltd, which focuses on developing 1-10 MW Power & Energy facilities using waste and biomass as the fuel. Jim has created Drenl to address the power generation challenge that exists globally. This will be particularly useful to island states, such as his native Barbados, which spend a large proportion of their GDP on power production. Jim is passionate about economic development and the role that power and waste can play in the circular economy. Power is needed to drive economic development and waste is a resource that should not be overlooked in our efforts to develop without destroying our planet.
His charitable work has included raising over £2million for the Rocking Horse Charity for the Children’s Hospital in Brighton, and ‘Work This Way’ which rehabilitated prisoners through training and preparation for work, the most effective way of stopping reoffending. He was Chairman of the Arundel Festival, a charity that put on one of the largest and best attended Art Festivals in England.