James is a sustainability and international development leader enabling people and organisations to achieve positive socio-economic and environmental change at systems-scale. In his current role as Vice President of External Affairs with BHP, James focuses on co-creating solutions to secure a Just Energy Transition with governments, civil society and communities.
James' career aim is to make a global leadership contribution towards solving the unprecedented sustainable development challenges of our time through building co-created solutions between communities, civil society, business and governments.
His breadth of leadership experience has been gained in roles including International Program and Policy Director with NGO Oxfam, inaugural CEO of catalytic philanthropy BHP Foundation, Indigenous land rights organization Central Land Council and a range of environment NGO's. James is also founder of People & Planet Group Pty Ltd, a management consulting firm providing sustainability advice across corporate, government and NGO sectors.
James has degrees in Economics and Science (specializing in Natural Resource Management), postgraduate qualifications in Journalism and has completed the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive Program and serves on the Faculty of the Cambridge University Prince of Wales’s Business & Environment Programme for Industry.