A graduate of the University of Strathclyde Business School, followed by ten years with Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, learning the art of communications skills.
In 1986 co-founder of Scotland’s Corporate Communications consultancy, Northern Corporate, working with some of Scotland’s largest business, banking and government clients.
Set up in the 1990s James Harbison & Company to advise corporate and retail clients on communications for planning and large, complex projects including PFI and PPP joint ventures for schools, water and other infrastructure projects.
A three year sabbatical with then Scotland’s largest law firm, Dundas & Wilson, as Director of Planning and Communications during the introduction of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006.
Today working on a wide variety of developer-led and retail-led schemes with the aim of winning (more often than not!) successful planning outcomes.