Jim is the Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, a vital organisation working with young Londoners and many other partners to shape a positive future for our capital city.

Jim is the former Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, a vital organisation in East London, working to help the community shape a fairer and happier future locally and beyond. In a career spanning 20 years of strategic leadership across public and non-profit sectors. Jim has worked at senior level within government, the voluntary sector and in corporate social responsibility across a range of interrelated issues including: social justice, young people, homelessness, immigration, police and crime, alcohol misuse, HIV and Aids.

Jim has been Chair of Dost, an East London charity for young refugees since 2017, and is also one of the Mayor of London’s first cohort of Civic Futures leaders, a team of civil society volunteers and professionals looking to create a better London together. Outside of work Jim writes stories; goes to see music and theatre; plays football, tennis and pool; and follows Sunderland AFC. Jim has a very strong belief in the power of people and communities and first and foremost in collaborative working — so is delighted and proud to have joined the board of Collaborate CIC in 2020.

In their own words:

It sounds so obvious to say it, but nothing ever gets solved by just one organisation or institution alone. At a time when people and communities face real challenges, the need for collaborative working, and particularly collaborative leadership, feels really vital and necessary. I value being part of the Board at Collaborate because not only does the team seek to promote the behaviours and the characteristics that enable and support collaboration in its commissioned work; but also in the way the team thinks about its own role, purpose and partnerships, enabling challenging conversations about power and equity, so that the collaboration which emerges is genuine and lasting. I’ve learned so much being part of this organisation, and feel privileged to work with the Collaborate team.