The Marketing Blurb
James is an author, an artist and a social entrepreneur. Born in Kenya in 1956 and brought up in Zimbabwe, James has had experience in management in the transport industry, marketing, the arts and the financial sector in both Southern Africa and in the UK. Prior to this he served in the British Army with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and undertook his officer training at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst. In 1993 after further studies, he acquired a BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Norwich School of Art, specialising in sculpture and drawing. In 2009 he attended the Facilitator’s Development Programme with Elements in Herefordshire and both a basic and an advanced negotiation skills course with the Negotiation Lab at the University of Kent. He has also completed a Workplace Mediation training course in London with the Buon Consultancy.
Between 1993 and 1997, James worked as a lecturer in Fine Art specialising in sculpture, at the Suffolk College in Ipswich, UK. Here he worked with both talented and challenged young people, encouraging them all to allow their true nature to shine through in the work they produced.
James has been involved with ZAWT out in Zimbabwe for some time now. Much of the most recent work has been supporting farm orphans who were found abandoned on the many properties that were taken over by the current regime. He has also been involved in bringing the various different farming groups together to help facilitate a more effective and useful dialogue for the future of Agriculture in Zimbabwe.
James is a skilled and diplomatic co-ordinator, mentor, facilitator, negotiator and speaker. His skills in networking and firm but diplomatic negotiation and mediation have been one of his key tools in bringing the disparate farming groups together with a willingness to work with one another in future discussions and negotiations. His ability to deal with difficult and ego driven personalities has greatly enhanced his success.
James is also an accomplished public speaker having lectured on self-reliance in the past and has spoken to various think tanks about the challenges currently being faced in Zimbabwe.
The Real Person
James is also clumsy, hardly ever on time, pretty much deaf in one ear (to the extreme irritation of his family) untidy and wears a tie so little now that he gets a rash on his neck each time he wears one. He adores his family, treasures his friends, regularly wears a kikoy and loves bananas.
He is married with four children and lives in Suffolk in the UK.