Jim has been a Governor at Stoke High School – Ormiston Academy since 1994 and an OAT Governor since the transfer to academy in October 2013. His roles include Chair of the Health & Safety Committee, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and he also serves on various other committees and working groups. Jim had an extensive working history within Local Government finally setting up and heading the Community Safety Unit of Ipswich Borough Council. He has also held trustee roles in local charities for over twenty years and is currently with Whitton Youth Partnership which he helped establish and which runs youth projects in the area. Awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for “services to young people and the community in Ipswich”.
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Jim brings extensive experience and various skills to the governing body. During his working career he became skilled in financial management, management of staff, recruitment and selection of staff, project development and management, raising funds for projects, dealing with the media at local, national and international levels. In addition he has experience of speaking at local, national and international conferences. As someone who enjoys music (from classical to hard rock) and the theatre (as a former amateur performer/stage manager and now member of the audience) he also brings this to the governing body where he has a special interest in performing arts.
His working career firstly spanned over forty two years in Local Government where he originally rose to be Chief Admin Officer of a major directorate where he was responsible for all HR functions, finance and IT. A complete career change then followed in 1989 when he was asked to set up what became the Community Safety Unit of Ipswich BC. Here he was responsible for setting up the CCTV scheme in Ipswich town centre and the council’s 24/7 Emergency Services Centre and he also ran emergency planning and corporate health and safety functions as well. His Community Safety team included staff who dealt with anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, parenting, volume crime and prostitution as well as setting up and running many youth projects. He was a national specialist community safety advisor to the Local Government Association and worked closely with Home Office ministers and senior civil servants. He was also the lead officer on the development of a prostitution strategy for Ipswich following the 2006 street sex worker murders, lead officer for violent street crime and for counter terrorism and extremism.
Following redundancy he worked for a local charity as a temporary business developer where he was involved in securing grant funding. He has held various other roles as trustee of local charities and is currently secretary/trustee of Whitton Youth Partnership which is a very small charity delivering youth work in the north-west of Ipswich and where he spends a great deal of his time securing on-going funding for the charity by completing grant applications.