He was previously employed at Hyndburn Borough Council as an Assistant Director with special responsibility for estates, building control and economic development. Jim joined Maple Grove Developments in 1986 initially as Development Manager and was appointed to Director on 1 March 1989. Thereafter he became Chief Executive Officer for the entire Group.
He was actively involved in development management and took the lead on the company’s award winning developments in Kendal and Ripon. Jim’s contract as CEO came to an end in 2010. He named his successor, and from then on he has continued in a supporting role as Deputy Chairman to ensure a smooth transition for the Group into the next generation.
Jim has held the following positions within the RICS:
He was awarded the first ever president’s medal for services to the profession.
As well as being a Member of the Board of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership he is also a:
Jim was formerly a trustee of the College of Estate Management at Reading University. He was made a fellow of the College for his work in property.