James Turner

Birmingham Regional Office Manager & Principal Ecological Consultant

Tell us about your role at Thomson.

I work to maintain overall success and profitability of the office, as well as ensuring it is a pleasant place for staff to work. Managing an effective team of consultants, helping them to learn and progress in their roles as well as being responsible for hiring and recruitment work of new team members is a key responsibility. I also manage some of the key office projects and work with the team to deliver these works while looking to broaden our client base.

Why do you like working at Thomson?

Thomson has given me the flexibility to work in the way I am most effective and has supported me to be the best manager and ecologist I can be. Opportunities that have arisen while working at Thomson have far exceeded those I have encountered at other consultancies. The level of friendship and respect between employees is also something I have not found elsewhere.

How long have you worked for Thomson?

4 years

What does a typical day at work look like?

Generally in the morning I will check in with my team that they have all they need to conduct their work that day, especially if they are site-based. Communicating with clients through various methods is key to ensure they are happy with our services and our progress of project delivery.

Every day there will be a new type of challenge; be it staff calling in sick and needing to find cover for them and other urgent project management work, to new opportunities coming in from prospective clients that need immediate attention.

Analysis of potential new team members through assessment of CVs and working with the recruitment team I help appoint candidates into new positions.

Through internal meetings and calls I help delegate works out to all team members throughout the day to keep people busy, as well as helping input into technical ecology advice and internal company policy and support the directors in their assorted works.

Where did you study?

Nottingham University

What made you choose this career path?

A love of nature/animals and being outdoors.

Do you have any pets?

2 dogs, a Jack Russell called Wilbur and a black Labrador called Finn.

"Thomson has given me the flexibility to work in the way I am most effective and has supported me to be the best manager and ecologist I can be"
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