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James joined the woodholmes team six years ago direct from Durham University with a BSc in Geography, environment and development; concluding with a study of community engagement strategies and delivery.
At Wood Holmes, James has further expanded upon his studies, gaining knowledge in regeneration concepts and communications management, transferring a range of strategic plans into ‘on the ground’ delivery, in communities for public, private and non-profit sector clients. He has extensive project management, workshop/group facilitation, and social media management experience.
James’ expertise lies in stakeholder and communications management, engagement programmes, project feasibility, capacity building and programme delivery, James has interacted deeply with stakeholders and communities through a range of innovative techniques. Being integrated within the local community has forged underlying relationships which have proved beneficial for both stakeholder and client in the deliverance of a large variety of projects.
James has recently been the ITA on the ground during the Gateshead Council/The Gateshead Housing Company Housing Services Review. The project has been regarded as a huge success – with both The Council and ALMO taking time to praise the work of James and the Wood Holmes team for the in-depth engagement and innovative communication techniques brought to the project.
James was also part of the Wood Holmes team delivering the Communications and Stakeholder Partnering on the £260 million New Tyne Crossing Project. He played an integral part in the on time and on budget delivery of this project, coordinating stakeholder engagement with residents, law enforcement, contractors, educational establishments and the riparian authorities.
Clients James has worked with includes Gentoo Group, The Gateshead Housing Company, TT2 Limited, Gateshead Council, Greater Manchester Councils, Gateshead College, South Tyneside College, Durham Police, Durham County Council, North Tyneside Council, and Bouygues Travaux Publics.
James won a BURA Bright ‘Spark Award’ in 2007, awarded by BURA to only 20 UK young professionals to show recognition for excellence in the field of Urban Regeneration. The award was won for his work on stakeholder support during the Durham Coalfields Housing Market Renewal Initiative.
James is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a registered mentor for the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.