Jim was a towering figure in the British Parachuting Association (BPA) and was their longest-serving Chairman, a role which he fulfilled from 1983-90, after which he became their longest-serving Vice President. Jim’s interest in skydiving emanated from his service with the Territorial Army, firstly in the Parachute Light Regiment and subsequently as a Royal Green Jacket. He won multiple National and International awards for his skydiving exploits and accumulated more than 3000 sky dives.
He was also a qualified private pilot with more than 2000 hours in his log book. Jim became the BPA’s delegate to the Royal Aero Club (RAeC) where he served as Chairman from 1992-1994 after which he was appointed as a long-standing Vice President. His involvement with the RAeC led to him becoming involved with the Royal Aero Club Trust where he was appointed as Chairman and Trustee in 2007. Over the years, Jim used his considerable charm (and extensive contacts) to raise many thousands of pounds for the Trust’s Bursary Scheme, benefitting a significant number of youngsters seeking to establish themselves within their chosen Air Sports. Jim died on 23 January 2019 at the age of 73.