Jim has over 25 years of global experience in environmental, social, health and sustainability issues in the energy and mining sectors.

Jim has acted as Lenders Adviser for banks and companies auditing performance against international accounting standards, IFC and Equator Principles. He has also delivered world class Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessments (ESHIA), and delivered contaminated land assessments and remediation strategies across National Oil Company upstream operations.

Recent project experience includes: representing the UK at the IPCC Expert Meeting on fugitive emissions from Shale and CBM; EIA review for an offshore development in the Caspian Sea; auditing sustainability performance in the Canadian Oil Sands; audit of a loans made to PEMEX; assessing sustainability compliance for Australian Coal Bed Methane; and ESHIA of a francophone West African gold mine. Jim is qualified with a NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Senior Executive and PRINCE2 Practitioner.

The right to a healthy environment

In 2010 the United Nations General Assemblyexplicitly recognized the human right to clean drinking water and sanitation and acknowledged that this is essential to the realisation of all human rights. However, to date, there is no specific human right relating to air quality – why is that? It is now recognised that environmental harm can […]

Human rights and the FTSE 100 in 2014

Directors of UK companies are required to include human rights issues in their annual reports following the release of “Good Business Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights” by HM Government in September 2013 (HMG, 2013). HMG, 2013 provides general guidance on human rights reporting by reference to the “Guiding Principles on […]

Human rights challenges in business

The use of limited resources, such as water, by existing and future projects will result in multiple human rights impacts – how should business respond? The major human rights challenges facing business today are twofold: 1. Cumulative impacts on valued environmental and social components, due to the effects of existing or future projects; 2.Multiple human […]

Indigenous peoples

There are approximately 300 million Indigenous People worldwide. Although they make up roughly 4.5 percent of the global population, they account for about 10 percent of the poor. Indigenous Peoples safeguard within their traditional territories about 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, yet they legally own less than 11 percent of these lands (World Bank). […]

Art and the environment

Last week I caught the EARTH, Art of a Changing World exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London just before it closed.  I am so glad I managed to see it – it was one of the best exhibitions I have seen in a while.  Organised into distinct sequential themes: Perceived Reality the […]