Jim McDermott Mini Biog

Dr Jim McDermott.MSc , Doc.Soc Sci

Jim McDermott is a Social Scientist, a presentation skills consultant, cartoonist, artist and entertainer.  He lives in rural Leicester and is married with a grown up and expanding family.  He has trekked to many of the worlds exciting  places including Machu Piccho in Peru, the jungle and desert in Rajasthan, Northern India, all the way down to the Dead Sea and all the way up to Everest Base Camp.  In June 2015 was a crew member on Sail Training vessel Tenacious which retraced the voyages of ships from the UK to the Normandy ‘D’ Day Landing Beaches – the crew landed on Gold Beach on 6 June 2015 to commemorate the 1944 landings.

Jim is an Associate Tutor at the School of Management (CLMS) University of Leicester. His main research interests lie in the area of transitions within society, perspectives on military society, learning styles and career development, leadership and management, uses of new technology in training and the sociology of internet communications and research. Jim’s doctoral dissertation researched those who have successfully made the transition from military to civilian society.  He has completed peer reviews for articles submitted to: Journal of Youth Studies and :St Antony’s International Review (University of Oxford).

He spent the first 25 years of his working life in the British Army mostly overseas and then worked in the electronics industry as the National Training Manager for the Key Group of Companies developing new business in bank clearing systems and computer based training. He moved on to take up the post of Head of Training at The Institute of Packaging and developed a detailed knowledge of the food and drink, pharmaceutical packaging and publishing industries and their associated human resource and training needs. He was appointed chairman of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) Education Group in 1993 and travelled extensively overseas for this organisation, the DTI and the British Council promoting packaging technology to developing countries. He completed both his MSc and his Doctoral studies at the University of Leicester

Jim provides top class coaching for those nervous about presenting to an audience as well as presenting cartoon workshops as a confidence building tool.