James is a Partner of Campbell Tickell and has been with the company since 2004. During this period, he has carried out a wide range of assignments in all four countries of the UK, focusing on governance, mergers and groups, performance improvement, communications and strategy. Among the assignments James has undertaken are:
- Working with housing associations experiencing regulatory problems to move beyond any difficulties and improve their performance;
- Working as Interim CE of a major housing group for some 14 months while the organisation was in supervision;
- Numerous governance reviews, board appraisal exercises, awaydays, strategic planning exercises and scenario planning;
- Writing the third edition of ‘Learning from Problem Cases’ for the Housing Corporation;
- Writing the Charity Commission’s flagship guidance for Trustees and other key guidance booklets for charities;
- Writing the first NCVO Code of Governance for the voluntary sector;
- Undertaking a statutory inquiry on behalf of the Housing Corporation in the affairs of a troubled housing association;
- Conducting confidential inquiries into a range of major problems and incidents on behalf of various clients;
- Assisting and advising on issues connected with the formation of group structures, mergers and partnerships;
- Recruitment/executive search for Chief Executives and other senior positions.
Previously, James was the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, a position he held for 10 years, with wide responsibilities for communications, regions and governance.
Before joining the Federation, he was the Registrar of the Housing Corporation, a senior post in the department responsible for the regulation and supervision of associations. There he dealt with a range of supervision cases, consents, and registration of LSVTs. He also worked for a housing association and a national refugee charity. He trained as an architect.
James has served as a Board member of five housing associations, including as a statutory appointee to the Board of an organisation in supervision. He has served as a trustee of Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, and also a non-executive Director of McCann Homes Ltd., a developer and housebuilder. He has published books on the Maya and Inca civilisations, as well as on housing-related subjects.
News from James
These sessions aim to offer insight into how to lead, manage and train colleagues remotely during the current pandemic and beyond.June 1, 2020
James Tickell, Partner at Campbell Tickell, discusses the furlough dilemma in a recent article for Social Housing Magazine.May 18, 2020
James Tickell, Partner at Campbell Tickell sets out how we should all be planning for the future, in this introduction to CT’s new Scenario Planning tool.April 14, 2020