What I Speak On

With a working life in the British Countryside, I am able to speak on a wide range of natural history, countryside and conservation topics. I am used to speaking to a wide range of audiences, including expert groups, general interest audiences, students and overseas visitors.  I use narratives, great stories, high quality images and my depth of knowledge and passion to enthuse others.

Topics I can Speak On

The topics that I am used to speaking on include 'National Parks of the UK' and 'The Peak District' and 'Landscapes of Britain'.  I am currently researching the history of the people who shaped the countryside and can speak on 'The People Who Shaped the Modern Countryside', 'A History of Agriculture in the UK' and 'How the First and Second World Wars Changed the British Countryside'. 

Forthcoming speaking engagements

I am shortly to take up a Visiting Professorship at the University of Derby and will have a number of speaking engagements linked to that, including at a number of overseas conferences.  I will be opening the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Conference in Chesterfield 30 April.  I expect to be speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival this year. 

Jim's Speaking Engagements have included

•             English Heritage’s Annual Conference and Visit Britain Tourist Interest Group

•             Local Government Association Rural Services Network Conference

•             Tourism Society Annual President’s Debate

•             Several National Park UK Conferences (including chairing roles),

•             Mount Fuji International Seminar on World Heritage Site Designation, Yamanashi, Japan

•             China National Parks Conference, Beijing, China and Europarc Conference, Sweden

•             Several All Party Parliamentary Group on National Parks 

•             Presentation to the Archbishop of Canterbury on his Visit to Derby

•             TEDxDerby

•             Book launches for 'A River in Time' and 'Field Barns of the Peak District'

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