Title: Landscape and Biodiversity Member Champion
Appointing Authority: Welsh Government appointed member
Other members representing this Appointing Authority:
Much Marcle, Herefordshire
Phone: 01531 660687
James holds a degree in Town and Country Planning from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
He is a Member of Herefordshire Council's Climate and Nature Partnership Board. He served as a Member of Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (2016-2022), Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee (2016-2017) and as a Board Member of the Marine Conservation Society (2013-2020) and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (2014-2017).
James was appointed Head of Policy at English Nature (2002-2006), and Director of Policy (2006-2008), Director Marine (2008-2012), and Director Land Management Strategy (2012-2014) at Natural England when he was accountable for agri-environment scheme design and delivery, and advice on Common Agricultural Policy reform.
James lives in Herefordshire where he owns traditional standard orchards, from which he produces cider and perry, and an MG5 hay meadow grassland managed under agri-environment schemes.