Director, NETpositive Futures
Jimmy is the co-founding director of NETpositive Futures Ltd and has worked on sustainability issues for over 20 years, helping a wide range of private and public sector organisations to integrate environmental and social considerations into business models and activities.
Jimmy is an established expert on the issue of skills for sustainability and corporate social responsibility and uses his experience to make links between business improvement for sustainability and staff development and leadership. He has supported many organisations in taking the practical steps needed to turn policy into practical action and has supported organisations throughout Asia, South America and Europe.
He specialises in the development of systematic approaches to the development of CSR strategy development and engagement processes for the private and public sector.
Working on sustainability issues within Further and Higher Education, Jimmy has delivered numerous projects in partnership with EAUC on sustainability leadership and sustainable procurement and works closely with a range of strategic education bodies on sustainability leadership issues including the Higher Education Academy, where he developed the Green Academy on embedding Sustainability within the Curriculum.
Jimmy has also developed and delivered for the global CSR training programme One Planet Leaders (6 month programme per cohort), which he delivered for WWF International for 5 years to over 100 Global Corporations in Nepal, Brazil, Switzerland and many other places. This is now delivered by IMD. http://www.imd.org/programs/oep/execution/opl/upload/IMD_WWF_OPL_Brochure.pdf
He has also worked extensively developing CSR programmes and supporting strategy development for Ikea, Sodexho, Aviva, SKY, Multiplex, and Becker Underwood. Jimmy has also led training for BITC and on the relationship between CSR and procurement for over 30 corporate organisations.
Jimmy also acted as a strategic adviser on the development of Oxford Brookes University’s Net Positive strategy and has worked extensively with Queen Margaret University, Oxford University, the University of Manchester, Northampton University, and a range of other institutions.
He has been a leader in sustainable procurement thinking and practice and has worked on numerous projects and initiatives in addition to providing advice and training to a number of organisations.
Sustainable Procurement Activity:
- Recently developed the sustainable procurement strategy for Oxford University and The University of Manchester
- Delivered a 2 year Environmental Action Fund Project working with 20 Universities and Colleges on Sustainable Procurement
- Delivered sustainable procurement training for over 70 universities
- Delivered the ‘Poverty Aware Procurement Project’ for the Environmental association for Universities and Colleges http://www.eauc.org.uk/promoting_poverty_aware_procurement_on_campus
- Supported the University of Manchester to achieve level 4 of the Flexible Framework in 6 months
- Has developed free guidance for the HE sector on delivering sustainable procurement and reaching Level 4 on the Flexible Framework http://www.netpositivefutures.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Achieving-the-Flexible-Framework-L4-in-12-Months.pdf
- Has delivered sustainable procurement training and guidance to organisations such as BITC, SKY, AVIVA, BAA, Multiplex as well as every Local Authority in North Yorkshire.
Jimmy has developed numerous resources such as Embedding Sustainability into the Curriculum http://www.eauc.org.uk/sorted/sustainable_development_in_the_curriculum and guidance on the integration of poverty considerations into the procurement processes http://www.eauc.org.uk/promoting_poverty_aware_procurement_on_campus
Jimmy is a former Chair of Professional Practice for Sustainable Development, which seeks to support professionals and Professional Institutions to embed sustainability principles throughout their activity. http://www.pp4sd.org.uk/
In 2009, Jimmy spent a year with his young family living and working in developing countries to gain a deeper understanding as to sustainability issues facing different societies.