James lives in Buckinghamshire and spent most of his working life engaged on civil engineering projects involving water and the environment. It was during a busy period in 1994 that he was diagnosed with cervical dystonia. Fortunately his condition was recognised very quickly and, with botulinum toxin injections, James was able to continue the work that he enjoyed.

James joined Dystonia UK and attended one of our conferences. The chance to share information with others impressed on him the value of the organisation. When he had the opportunity to become a trustee it seemed a good way to give something back.

Much of his career was spent developing solutions to environmental problems to improve the quality of life. This included: constructing flood defences for the tidal Thames, stabilising slopes in Hong Kong to prevent landslides and numerous projects to provide better sewage treatment and waste disposal. Other professional interests included serving on the editorial panel of a water journal and advising on Cranfield University’s Water Engineering course.

Since retirement in 2011, James has been able to devote more time to his interests of gardening and fly fishing and working with local river conservation volunteers.