Who am I?

I’ve often been described as a corporate therapist. I take clients on a journey of self-discovery to find their truth and their voice, and reintegrate the different parts of themselves. Out of this deep-digging I help them develop memorable, distinctive, relevant and inspiring approaches to connect more authentically with their audiences.

In 2005 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for my role in rebranding Middlesex University

Who I’ve worked with

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What others have said

‘I honestly never heard Governors use the word excellent so easily and instinctively. They are very good at being unexcited! They were so impressed. By James’ presentation, of course, but you’d all put so much in to make sure the presentation could be that good.’
Marie Owens
Director of Communications
Middlesex University
‘Middlesex has a vision of where it wants to be — and, unlike many of its rivals, a communications strategy that links back to this goal.’
Financial Times
‘Perceptions of Royal Mail, as evidenced by the new forms, will shift massively in a positive direction.’
Conway Smith Rose
Market research report on the Royal Mail forms project
‘I truly believe we have a brand that we can be proud of and this project has been hugely successful. We’ve achieved something incredible here and the new brand is an important step forward for the University. We’ve really enjoyed working with you. And your expertise, experience and talent has been invaluable — especially in the darker days!’
Angelina Bingley
Head of Marketing Communications
University of Southampton
‘The Vice-Chancellor was over the moon! James was really switched-on and his work was superb.’
Caroline Dowler
Acting Head of Marketing & Communications
Southampton Solent University

Titles and organisations applied at the time of each project.

Some recent projects

Cambridge Enterprise is the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation business, combining the functions of technology transfer, company creation, seed funding and consultancy support. With more than 60 employees it’s the largest operation of its kind in Europe. After extensive internal and external consultation I helped Cambridge Enterprise create a brand which brought the company much closer to the University. I have also designed their annual reports for the last four years.
See their website.

Founded in 1348, Gonville & Caius is the fourth oldest Cambridge college. Tucked away at the top end of Trinity Lane, Caius is one of the University’s hidden gems. My job was to make it more visible. Which I did with a distinctive typographic logo that made play of Gonville & Caius being the only Oxbridge College with an ampersand in its name. The new logo is accompanied by a range of supporting elements, including the historic Gate of Honour through which Caius students pass at their graduation.
See their website.

Cambridge Innovation Capital is the £50m investment fund started by the University of Cambridge to grow IP based companies in the Cambridge Cluster. Working with cutting-edge technology businesses, CIC represents the most modern face of Cambridge. But it also draws on the University’s 800 year old reputation. I developed a brand which uses the ermine bar in the University shield to highlight the connection between them, while letting CIC look like a modern venture capital firm.
See their website.

Events

I put on a regular programme of evening and weekend events, including talks, workshops and webinars.

Writing

My writings on the subject of communications include books, articles, white papers and blog pieces.