Founder & CEO
Jim is responsible for the strategic direction and day to day running of the business. This includes supply chain and relationship management. In addition he looks after the mentoring programme for trainees and members, as well as overseeing work experience and work placement programmes.
Jim has over 40 years’ experience of Procurement & Supply Chain Management, alongside 40 years voluntary work in Junior Football and Community Work. This included setting up with a number of friends a new Junior Football Club in the North East which some 30 years later has grown to become one of the strongest clubs in the area, with one of the first group of children recently retiring from a long career in the Premier League and International Football whilst a more recent player has recently embarked on both a Premier League and International career.
During more than 40 years involvement in junior football Jim has seen a number of children go on to professional careers not only in the Premier League but also in the Football League.
He is a Fellow of The School of Social Entrepreneurs and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and held several Senior Positions in the corporate world as well as serving on several industry bodies and research projects.
Jim is also a Director of Ball Sports Ltd which he has been involved with since leaving the corporate sector. This award-winning Community Sports Coaching & Consultancy business has delivered coaching to schools and Communities including a Local Development Centre for Manchester City Football Club.
A Volunteer with the National Trust at one of their top properties Attingham Park, he also holds the position of Chair of PPG at his local Doctors Surgery, as well other Non-Executive Roles.