Jim is Chairman of RPS Australia East which is part of a global network of professionals providing local solutions in energy and resources, infrastructure, environment and urban growth, employing 4500 staff. In 2009 RPS acquired Conics, a leading East Coast based development consultancy established by Jim and other key shareholders.

Jim specialises in creative partnerships between the development industry and local authorities to produce more sustainable developments which are economically viable and socially cohesive.

Jim is the Chairman of City Smart Pty Ltd, a company set up by Brisbane City Council to facilitate partnerships in promoting a sustainable future for the city. He is also a member of the Queensland Premier’s Climate Change Council, the Immediate Past National President of Greening Australia and was founding President of The Australian Green Development Forum. His leadership role in Growth Management and Sustainable Development in Queensland was recognised in 2006 when he was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Life Member of Greening Australia.

In 2007, Jim’s contribution and commitment to sustainability was further recognised though the Premier’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability and Ernst and Young’s Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year in the Business Services Category.

Jim is an adjunct Professor at QUT and serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering.