The trust is a membership organisation that operates across County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Darlington, managing nature reserves and delivering education and conservation projects.
Jim is also a board member of the North East England Nature Partnership and played a lead role in developing the partnership in 2012 as a successor to the Durham Biodiversity Partnership, which he also chaired. The Partnership engages a broad range of organisations and seeks to deliver projects and initiatives that promote the value of nature to society. Jim is also an independent member of the Northumbria Region Flood and Coastal Committee, focusing on conservation issues.
Jim has a broad interest in the natural heritage of the region both on land and offshore as he enjoys scuba diving in his spare time.