As a Project Director, James is a lynchpin of Hawthorn’s operation in Cambridge. Combining a wealth of experience in project management, client relations and technical know-how with the management and development of a talented team, James is passionate about delivering amazing events of all shapes and sizes for his wide range of clients. This includes an array of high-profile events included Adobe Summit EMEA, BBC Studios Showcase, St John’s May Ball at University of Cambridge, Xerocon London and the Virgin Media BAFTA After-Party.
James is always kept busy, overseeing the day to day running and management of Hawthorn’s projects team in Cambridge, supporting them in their client relations and event delivery, as well as managing his own portfolio of clients, many of whom he has worked with for many years. A key part of James’ role also involves looking after Hawthorn’s partnership with the Smart Group and he’s been part of the team supporting Hawthorn’s delivery at Battersea Evolution since 2009, as well as Here East more recently.
Last year, Hawthorn lost a friend and colleague in Carl Malik who sadly took his own life. Based in our Cambridge office, Carl was a friendly, kind, and dedicated member of the Hawthorn team and his loss affected the entire company. Since losing Carl, James has been instrumental in setting up a mental health awareness programme within the company, promoting wellbeing in the workplace. This has included the creation of a team of mental health first aiders who have been trained to act as a point of contact if someone is in distress. James himself volunteers as a Mental Health.
To honour Carl’s memory this year, James played a key role in organising the very first Carlos Fun Day Go. Taking place in April, it was a fun-packed day of celebration to raise awareness and money for CALM, Carl’s family’s chosen charity. The event was a fabulous success and raised a staggering £1597.50 whilst also raising awareness of mental health within the workplace.
“I have recently worked closely with James on a campaign raising money and awareness for ‘The Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM). Last year, we lost a dear friend and work colleague in Carl Malik. Together we have created an annual fundraising event to celebrate Carl’s life and to raise awareness for mental health. I am very happy and proud to work with someone who is both passionate and ambitious about mental health and the importance of promoting it in the workplace. James is one of the key members of the Mental Health First Aider programme at Hawthorn and has played a significant role in developing our work in this area.”