James has been GreenCon’s MD since 1996, following in the footsteps of his father Lawrie.
Born and raised in Cobden, James achieved his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Ballarat and has additional qualifications in nutrient management systems.
James is a dedicated contributor to the local community. He has been president of the Cobden Community Bank since 2010 and board member since 2006, spent seven years as an executive member of the Hampden football Netball League and is a past president of the Cobden Sports Club.
James is a current member, life member and past president of Port Campbell Surf life Saving Club and was on the Cobden Safety House Committee and Airstrip Committee for 10 years. He is a past president of Cobden Football Netball Club, and a past director of JANA Jobs and the National Committee for Development of Youth Employment. James is also a past Victorian state president for Apex and was youth chairman of Apex Australia for 3 years.
He has also volunteered his engineering, construction and project management skills to assist Apex community developments projects in Bangladesh and The Philippines.
James’ community service hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2018 he was named the inaugural winner of the Westvic Dairy Service Provider Award and he has also been named Surf Life Saving Volunteer Trainer of the Year, Corangamite Citizen of the Year, was chosen for the Sydney Olympic Torch Relay and in 2015 won the Rick Scroggie Memorial Award for his contribution to local sport.
For James, the best part of GreenCon is being able to support the local community and families. “I’m proud that we’re able to employ up to 30 people, allowing these families to successfully live in regional Victoria,” he says.