Jim is a Trustee and Co-Founder of COCO. Jim was born in South Africa and while there lived next to the route of the Comrades Marathon. As a keen middle-distance athlete he was determined that he would complete the Comrades when he was old enough – but the move as a teenager to the UK prevented that at first.
He joined the British Army as a helicopter pilot and while serving in Bosnia in 1998 he organised a mini replica of the Comrades marathon as a fundraising exercise for schools near his base that were struggling to get going again following the conflict. Joined on the adventure by Steve Cram they raised just over £5,000. Once back in the UK Steve and Jim felt more could be done and while running the real Comrades marathon in 1999 they decided to create COCO together.
Since leaving the Army in 2000 Jim has held numerous business and charity positions including being Chief Executive of the Poppy Appeal in Scotland and then Erskine where he employed over 800 staff in 5 residential care homes and 5 small social enterprise businesses aimed at providing employment for injured service men and women. He is now Chief Executive of a small engineering business called Panton McLeod that his father started in 1994.