Background and industry experienceJames is an Associate Director in the Utilities & Infrastructure team, advising on and managing infrastructure projects on a day-to-day basis. This includes land referencing, landowner liaison, mapping, project management, public inquiries and negotiating rights and compensation. He leads the negotiation of injurious affection claims for overhead lines for the South East region on behalf of distribution companies. He is also managing agent for a large gas importation terminal and port facility in Kent, advising on a variety of property management, landlord and tenant and related issues.
James is also currently on part-time secondment to National Grid, assisting with property strategy, development projects and internal processes.
Before jumping the fence to Utilities in 2013, and having grown up on a small family farm, James spent 14 years primarily managing rural estates (private, corporate and Cambridge colleges) and advising on associated issues including land use, proactive management of development land, lettings, and negotiations for telecom masts and film locations.
Away from work, a young family occupies most spare time but there are still a few opportunities to explore the North Downs by mountain bike, and for some golf, the knees no longer tolerating hockey!
What year did you start your job?
What has been your favourite project and why?
A film location deal – overcoming very challenging circumstances, and exciting (bit of a cult film!)
Best holiday destination?
One item to take to a desert island?
Machete – I’ll always look for the practical option!