Leadership, coaching and mentoring have been the cornerstone of James’s career and he is a qualified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner and coach, specialising in change management, integration of new practices and conflict resolution. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute – a senior member of the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to management.
Prior to founding Fusion, he spent 14 years in the Royal Navy, most recently as lead operational medical planner for the European Union Naval Forces Somalia (counter-piracy operations). He was involved in several major projects; dealing with issues from the Ebola crisis, through to building the Somali Coastguard. James has a track record for exemplary leadership and planning in volatile situations within Iraq, the Far East and Afghanistan. He is also used to working in arduous conditions, providing real-time life support and humanitarian aid. Working in different environments throughout the world is where the belief in the power of teams and leadership has come from. He has worked with teams of all sizes, from being part of a 7-man team, progressing up to the command of 2000 personnel in the field. He advocates that a well-motivated team of individuals working towards a common goal and with strong leadership can achieve anything.
He is a qualified mountain leader, first-aid instructor & remote medic and battlefield trauma life-support (BATLS) instructor.
Fusion was a natural fit for James after he left the military, as he was looking for a way to continue using and developing his leadership and mentoring expertise, whilst helping communities in need.
A family man, James is also a keen sea-kayaker, mountain-biker, PADI Advanced open water diver and general outdoor pursuits enthusiast.