James is an experienced conservationist, policy analyst and campaigner who has worked across the public and not-for-profit sectors.
His work has predominantly focused on developing and championing solutions to some of the major challenges facing Australia’s environment – and the technical and social conditions needed to implement these solutions.
James previously worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and played an integral role in the campaign to strengthen Australia’s national biodiversity laws through the Places You Love Alliance. He has also been closely involved in Australian and global advocacy efforts to create a new biodiversity framework under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
Before working at ACF James held a number of policy and regulatory roles in the federal environment department.
James has previously held roles on the executive committee for the Australian Committee for IUCN and the national coordination group for Key Biodiversity Areas. He is currently on the Research and Conservation Committee for Birdlife Australia.
James is passionate about protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity, especially from the significant threat posed by new and established invasive species. He has a particular passion for conserving the rare wildlife and ecosystems of the Australian Alps.
James works on the land of the Ngunnawal people.