James originally researched in meteorology/hydrology/oceanography. Previously CEO of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, he served on government groups including climate change, biodiversity, hydronation, waste & resources, green jobs, and fracking. He ran his own eco-business and, occasionally, worked in consultancy. He was Chair of the James Hutton Institute and served on the Board of the Green Purposes Company, overseeing the Green Investment Bank; he advised Isle of Man Government on climate; and recently stepped down as chair of Climate Ready Clyde, delivering Glasgow City Region’s adaption strategy. He is currently visiting professor at Strathclyde University’s sustainable development centre.
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