Jim is an experienced professional with a passion for working with organisations to optimise business opportunities. To achieve this, he focuses on market dynamics and the needs of the customer.
Jim started his career as an engineer in the aerospace and defence sector before transitioning into the commercial world of sales and marketing. Now with over 35 years of experience, Jim has held senior management positions in a variety of market leading, internationally focused companies in strategic and business development roles. These organisations include BAE Systems, SAAB, Smiths Group, Panasonic, Thales and AgustaWestland (now renamed Leonardo).
Before he joined Achieving the Difference, Jim worked with the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) as a Specialist on the “High Value Campaigns” flagship programme. In this he worked closely with UK based organisations to successfully target export opportunities in the Chinese aerospace sector.
Jim plays an active role in the UK trade association ADS. He is currently a member of the Security Export Focus Group and served on ADS’s Aerospace Export Focus Group, Civil Air Transport Board and Market Development Board.
Jim holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, an MBA from the Ashridge Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
When not working, Jim can be found either on the water or under it, depending on whether he is rowing at his local club or scuba-diving with his family.