James is our travel medicine and health advisor, and jolly good he is too. He has been providing expedition, travel health advice and training to individuals, universities, schools, companies and charities for many years. His background as a Senior Nurse in Emergency Departments both in the UK and abroad and as a qualified mountain leader has led him into a very practical travel and expedition domain.
He has provided medical cover and leadership for numerous expeditions across the globe including post tsunami Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea for Ben Fogle’s Extreme Dreams series, Joanna Lumley's Nile TV series and the Jungle Marathon in Brazil. His most recent adventures include medical cover for a school expedition of more than 50 students to Malawi and also work with the BBC to film penguins in the remote South Atlantic on Zavodovski Island.
He has more letters after his name than he knows what to do with, with Diplomas in Travel Medicine, Tropical Nursing, a degree in Emergency Care and he's a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. He has written for a number of journals and is a contributing author to the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.
In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and now sits on their specialist expedition 'Medical Cell'. He regularly contributes to RGS expedition conferences as well as lecturing for the Society and medical establishments.