Jim has an expert knowledge of workplace Health & Safety legislation and violence reduction strategies and he has been registered as an Expert Witness in Workplace Related Violence and Physical Intervention & Restraint matters since 2007.
He is also the proprietor and editor of the Violence at Work (UK) web site.
Jim is no stranger to managing ‘high energy’ conflict and aggression. He served with the Metropolitan Police for 14 years and headed the Central London Pickpocket Squad for five years earning Commendations for bravery and professional ability.
Jim has always been focussed on developing the very best training for staff at risk of violence. He is a founder member of the Institute of Conflict Management (ICM), the body that formed to develop national standards for training in the management of workplace violence and aggression.
Jim is a specialist in physical intervention and restraint. His expertise comes from Aikido, a martial art that promotes non aggression. Jim is a 4th Dan Black Belt and the Chief Instructor at the Bournemouth Aikido Club. His experience enabled him to develop a unique and effective intervention and restraint skills system that is refreshingly different to traditional methods as it does not rely on causing pain or the threat of pain to gain control.
In 1997, Jim set up AEGIS and in 1998, AEGIS became the first organisation in the UK to gain official accreditation from an Awarding Body for a Physical Intervention Skills training course for Security Guards. The programme was Approved & Certificated by SITO, the National Training Organisation for the Security Industry.
In 2011, Jim designed a (QCF Level 2) physical intervention skills training course that was approved by Highfields Awarding Body (HABC) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for Door Supervisor Licence-linked training. He also authored the (L3) Train the Trainer course for the programme.
In 2012, Jim was commissioned by the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) to design a complete suite of training for Healthcare Security Officers.