“James’ track record of having previously led the world’s largest Human Factors (HF) consultancy means he is ideally placed to transform our HF capabilities and grow the team…” said Jasbir Sidhu, CRA CEO.
James has recently joined CRA to lead the development of the Human Factors business.
As a founding Director of Human Engineering Limited (HEL) James was instrumental to its growth, resulting in over 60 staff based in the UK and Australia. He was heavily involved in marketing, business development and sales activities, pioneering human factors consultancy services across multiple sectors.
James supported this growth through a continuous staff development and recruitment process; including strong links to Universities, and active targeting to ensure a diverse and talented team prospered across offices in London, Bristol, Manchester and Sydney.
Mentoring and helping staff maximise their potential has always been at the heart of James’ management style and he has been privileged to work with and support dozens of technical consulting staff over the last 30 years.
After 12 years of growth, wider and deeper routes to global markets were sought, leading to Lloyd’s Register acquiring HEL. James was appointed to the Management Team of LR Rail, LR Energy and later Scandpower as they developed the LR Consulting business. James moved to Hong Kong with LR Rail as Operations Director, managing teams in multiple locations across China, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Most recently James was a Partner at the global environmental and risk consultancy ERM. As part of a 4,500 people business James had 100+ staff in multiple locations and was involved in bidding, negotiating and delivering a range of $multi-million Safety & Risk projects. These included multiple parallel HAZOPs, HAZIDs, RAMS studies, large scale gas processing Functional Safety projects, CFD based projects and extensive QRA work. With major EPC contractors as clients in Korea, Japan and China, including Samsung Heavy Industries, SECL, Hyundai Engineering and Toyo Engineering, the projects were typically $multi Billion developments in the Middle East. In addition his team supported EMEA based clients and projects, including helping Chinese based companies understand the regulatory environment in the UK and Europe and ensuring they appreciated the risks of non-compliance.