Jim is the face of the business and has been inspirational in leading many large scale, high profile projects. He has over 40 years’ experience in all technical aspects related to sound, acoustics, noise and vibration, specialising in the field of stadia and arena design. From his work at Live Aid in 1985, he has also pioneered the sound management at music events in stadia and large open-air festivals and was an expert witness at major infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail.
Jim was the Director of Acoustics at Travers Morgan and Capita Symonds for over 14 years and he, in collaboration with other senior colleagues, formed Vanguardia in May 2006.
Atmosphere is a critical part of any stadia design and Jim has researched the inter-related factors important to enhance the spectator experience. He was on the original Noise Council Working Party that published the Pop Code and and is on the current working party responsible for preparing the new Code under the auspices of the Charted Institute of Environmental Health. He has also led three DEFRA and HSE research projects on entertainment noise.
As an expert witness, Jim has presented evidence at licensing hearings, high court appeals, public enquiries and Government Select Committees in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. He is an excellent negotiator with mediation skills and can work under pressure. Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), Chairman of the London Branch of the IOA and, was awarded the Institute’s Tyndall Medal for his work in acoustics and was presented with the outstanding achievement award in the Stadium Business Summit in 2018. He has presented over 40 technical papers in the UK and Overseas.