James is a passionate wildlife conservationist and keen adventure sportsman. James has spent his life outdoors in wild and hostile places. As a child, James was taught to dive and swim with sharks by a former US Navy Seal who inspired him to join the British military.
Over a 10 year military career, James was a Officer in the elite British Royal Marines and Special Boat Service. He deployed on multiple tours around the world, including three combat tours of Afghanistan. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for leadership and bravery on the frontline.
A keen military historian, James read Modern History at the University of Oxford, where he also Captained the Blues Varsity Boxing team.
Since leaving the armed forces, James has returned to his childhood passion for wildlife and shark diving. He is now a Director of a conservation charity, Veterans 4 Wildlife, where he focuses on the preservation of African wildlife and combating the global trade in shark fins. James is also a Founder and Director at the international risk consultancy, AnotherDay and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Empowering veterans to aid in the prevention of wildlife crime.
Veterans for Wildlife is an international charity committed to the protection of wildlife and the world’s critically endangered species. By deploying highly-skilled and experienced former service personnel, Veterans for Wildlife aims to play a key role in conservation and the prevention of wildlife crime.
As a people-focused organisation, Veterans for Wildlife has two primary objectives:
- Supporting conservation entities and rangers at the grass roots level.
- The empowerment and development of military veterans.
By facilitating critical capacity-building programmes, Veterans for Wildlife aims to develop the skill-set and operational effectiveness of anti-poaching rangers. These programmes offer a unique opportunity to veterans, transitioning into civilian life, to continue to make a positive impact on society.
Check out the great work that Veterans For Wildlife does.