In addition to Journalism, Authoring and Editing, Jim McClelland has a very strong track-record in commercial commissions for events, as Facilitator, Speaker, Panellist, Chair, Programme Director & Judge.

Commissioning Jim for Events

Jim is an experienced Public Speaker, Panellist and Chair, having participated and presented at a whole host of functions and venues: From Copenhagen and Cardiff Bay, to Microsoft HQ, Milton Keynes; from The Great Hall at Chelsea Football Club, to London’s City Hall; and from the Press Box at Lord’s Cricket Ground, to the House of Commons.

If you are involved in organising an event – whether a small seminar workshop, or a large (inter)national conference, a lifestyle debate, or a business breakfast – and seeking an independent facilitator, or presenter, with a Media background and passion for Sustainability, Business & the Built Environment, then do get in touch to discuss plans and possibilities.

A wealth of contacts, combined with sound understanding of commercial pressures and logistics, enable Jim to make a significant contribution to any working arrangement, both in the preparation stage and on the day itself. His first-hand knowledge of event management and programme production can provide real added benefit.

Rates are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and Jim is particularly sympathetic to the requirements of charitable and not-for-profit organisations operating on limited budgets. He especially enjoys Chairing and, as an active print-, digital- and social-media professional, relishes opportunities to meet key players and debate with audiences across diverse sectors, markets and regions.

To discuss opportunities, ideas, availability and fees, you will find our contact details here.

Please see below for Testimonials:

“We were delighted to have Jim McClelland join our leadership meeting and share his insight and perspective on the world of sustainability, the different economies that are emerging from under its umbrella, his ideas on where to focus efforts and also the importance of communications for a large global company like Dow. In a world where it is often difficult to get clarity and insight, he was provocative but helpful, and demonstrated real knowledge of where industry is heading. A thoughtful and thought-provoking morning for us all.” Judith Hicks, Senior Communications Manager, Sustainability, EMEA, Dow Europe

“Jim was a fantastic chair of the Airtightness & Ventilation webinar (19/11/20). The topic was managed professionally before, during and after the event. He ensured that all the points were covered in detail and managed the questions from the virtual audience with balanced points of view from all the panellists.” Richard Paine,  Product and Marketing Director, Volution Ventilation UK

“I can highly recommend Jim McClelland. He is an excellent event chairman – I have commissioned Jim on a number of occasions, for a range of event types. He is eminently able to convene, chair, manage and entertain in a friendly and professional manner. His particular skill is being able to identify the most salient points in any given presentation and highlight these to the audience, in a concise, accessible and engaging way. As an event organiser, I know I can leave the chairing to Jim with absolute confidence that it will be handled appropriately, to time and to my complete satisfaction. I will certainly be making use of Jim’s services again in the future.” Professor Jacqui Glass, (at time of writing) Associate Dean for Enterprise, Chair in Architecture & Sustainable Construction, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (now Vice Dean Research, The Bartlett at UCL)

“Jim hit the mark with a lunchtime talk to our members. He presents information in a fresh way and entertains with his engaging speaking style.” Clare Richardson, Manager Communications & Member Services, Nickel Institute (Jim addressed Annual Meeting of Global Leaders on ‘Future Cities’, 15/10/15)

“Jim recently chaired the 1st European Biosolar Roof Conference for us at London City Hall, in association with the European Biosolar Roof Project, the Mayor of London, CIRIA and the European Federation of Green Roof and Green Wall Associations. He was such an excellent chair – he make it look so easy, and yet created a really friendly, human discussion respectful of each other’s areas of expertise. He also reminded everyone to tweet the event and gave the conference a genuine feeling of excitement and breakthrough for new ideas and delivery of climate-adapted resilient cities.
The event went so smoothly. Jim’s own knowledge on sustainability issues and city resilience is extensive in itself, which made him ideal chair for the event. I’d recommend him to anyone!” Blanche Cameron, Lecturership, Environmental Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

“Jim has chaired a number of our briefings, on topics ranging from the Green Deal to Gypsy & Traveller planning policy. He is knowlegeable, experienced and always very well prepared. He succinctly draws out the key themes from the speakers’ presentations and skillfully generates debate and discussion between delegates and the panel. As well as keeping sessions to time and inspiring confidence in us, the organisers, that he can help us deliver a successful event, Jim ensures an interesting and enjoyable day for all involved. He has become a trusted partner and I have no hesitation in recommending him to other event organisers.” Louise McGough, Senior Research and Development Manager, Westminster Briefing

“@SustMeme has provided a fantastic presentation to @SkanskaID today. Jim’s insights, experience and Sustories on how to best communicate at a strategic, tactical and operational level come highly recommended for any organisation that takes sustainability seriously.” Greg Chant-Hall, Head of Sustainability at Skanska Infrastructure Development

“Jim McClelland did a fantastic job facilitating a discussion bringing together representatives from a range of different sectors for our roundtable on the Green Deal. Jim kept the discussion lively and on topic, creating a warm and engaging atmosphere, attentive to the objectives of the session and drawing on his knowledge of the issues. We were delighted with the outcome!” Clare McNeil, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

“On the first day of the World Green Roof Congress 2010, the opening session was Chaired by the slick, witty and informative Mr Jim McClelland of sustain’ Magazine. He has a wonderful ability to capture the spirit and knowledge of his speakers and the event in short pithy statements that ensure the morning flowed with a panache and understanding not many Chairs can muster.” Dusty Gedge, Co-Founder, President, European Federation of Green Roof Associations

“Jim McClelland was the obvious choice to chair The Great Green Debate on sustainability and business, as his experience and knowledge is unmatched. However, what we underestimated was the enthusiasm and professionalism which Jim brought to the event. Jim arrived with a structure and a game plan which turned an ambitious concept into a sparkling reality. His chairing of the debate engaged both audience and panel and delivered a thought-provoking and educational experience, while his ability to gauge the audience and panel ensured that the debate never lost momentum or drifted from the subject.
“Jim McClelland wasn’t just the obvious choice to chair The Great Green Debate at Manchester Central, Jim was the perfect choice.” Scott Hider, MD, Nationwide Media Group

“The Resource Forum brings together the Business, Community and Government sectors to promote effective action on environmental issues. From our launch at the Royal Geographical Society in November 2008, Jim has been a staunch supporter, bringing his own brand of positive and strategic thinking to bear, as Chair of events and workshops, and as a valued member of our Advisory Panel.” Malcolm Valentine, Co-ordinator, The Resource Forum

“Jim Chaired the opening sessions of the World Green Roof Congress in September 2008, the event attracted a number of influential keynote speakers and nearly 300 delegates. Jim’s approach to chairing the sessions was professional, flexible and above all else energetic. Jim had a contextual, engaging and amusing rapport with speakers and the delegates alike, seamlessly knitting different presentations and questions together. It was a fantastic way to start the Congress and we’ve had great feedback. We’d love to work with Jim again!” Paul Shaffer, Associate at CIRIA

“Thanks so much for Chairing both sessions at the 100% Detail Conference. You were a fantastic Chair. I particularly appreciated the way that you skilfully introduced the sessions, drew out some very interesting discussion points from the panel and also brought the sessions to an insightful conclusion. Your pre-event preparation with the panel members for the first session was also very much appreciated and helped to ensure all were ready to engage fully with the session on the day of the event.” Claire Farrow, Conference Producer

“Jim McClelland delivered an address on the subject of Sustainable Communities to an audience primarily comprised of Marketing and Communications professionals working in the Construction and Property sectors. His material was informative and thought-provoking and the manner of presentation confident, engaging and enjoyable for all who attended. The event as a whole proved the most popular on CAPSIG’s calendar that year, generating very positive feedback and calls for follow up events. Jim’s contribution as speaker was an essential part of that success and we should be delighted to invite him to speak again in the future.” Malcolm Evans, Event Co-ordinator, CAPSIG

“The Construction Industry Environmental Forum (CIEF, part of CIRIA, invited Jim McClelland to speak at a recent high-profile event, ‘Technologies to build a low carbon future’. Jim set out the social, economic and policy drivers for zero carbon buildings, in a presentation that was highly engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining. Jim has also chaired a CIEF debate, ‘The Business Case for Sustainable Construction – Fact or Myth?’
“A dynamic speaker and excellent chair, Jim’s passion and knowledge of the big issues facing construction sustainability help contribute to lively debate and audience discussion – and ultimately, well received and successful events.” Sarah Reid, Project Manager, CIRIA

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Jim McClelland to facilitate any event. He thoroughly researched the subject of our seminars and was well prepared. His professional approach and good humour made the events extremely enjoyable for speakers and audience alike.  He controlled every aspect ensuring that speakers kept to time and that the questions were relevant to the presentations. If there were no question initially from the floor Jim would inspire the audience to take part. For future events for Rockwool Jim would always be our first choice.” Vanessa Hatton, Marketing Services Manager, Rockwool