Jim Davis has been actively involved in many areas of the international maritime industries for a period that now spans more than fifty years.
He first saw maritime service when he was selected by P&OSN Co under their graduate intake scheme in 1952 after the Royal Navy between 1946 and 1949.
He was posted first to Calcutta in 1953, then Kobe (Japan) 1954-6 and Hong Kong 1956-57. Appointed a Director of P&O Lines 1967 he retained this post until 1972 when he was approached by Kleinwort Benson, the Merchant Bankers, to become their Director of Shipping, a post he held until his retirement from the KB Group in 1988.
Alongside these there have been (and still remain) a multitude of other commercial and advisory appointments including directorships of Pearl Cruises of Scandinavia, Rodskog Shipbrokers (Hong Kong), Transport Development Group, Sedgwick Group Development Ltd and Associated British Ports Holdings plc from 1983-97. Among many Chairmanships he was Chairman of DFDS Limited from 1984-95, Chairman of SITPRO from 1987-98, Chairman of TIP Europe plc from 1990-93, British Rail Anglian Board from 1988-92, is currently Chairman of Midway Shipping since 1995 and more recently Chairman of Wigham Richardson Shipbrokers Ltd since 2003 and Deputy Chairman of Hanjin Eurobulk Ltd from 2004-2007.
Other appointments have included being President of the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce, also the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Chartered Institute of Transport, the Institute of Freight Forwarders, the National Waterways Transport Association, the Institute of Export and the World Ship Society for a number of different years.
He has been a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum (1993-98) and Chairman of the Marine Society (1987-93), a member of the Council of the Mission to Seafarers since 1981, the Baltic Exchange since 1973, Court Assistant to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, also Associate Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Past Master of the Company of World Traders, a Governor of the World Maritime University since 1985, President of the Harwich Lifeboat (RNLI) since 1984, a Younger Brother of Trinity House since 1989, Chairman of Trinitas Services Ltd (1993-2006), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1986 and an Hon Member of The Royal Society of Marine Artists since 2006.
He has been an active proponent and Chairman of the International Maritime Industries Forum (IMIF) since 1981 and his devotion and untiring commitment to the maritime industries through IMIF were specifically recognised in 2002 at the Seatrade Awards Presentation Ceremony Dinner at the Guildhall in London when he was proclaimed Seatrade Personality of the Year 2002. In 2011 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Lloyds List.