James went to a school career evening in 1984, and 3 weeks later was pruning trees for the NZ Forest Service. The smell of pine pitch and native bush did the rest.
Work at Carter Holt Harvey, Rayonier, Interpine and HB Regional Council, followed land science and forestry science degrees. He now operates RedAxe Forestry Intelligence and supports the HB Forestry Group and others with Forest related project management.
James thinks he made an ideal career choice and enjoys supporting others to choose a life in the forest and making the forest industry a better thing.