James Cokeham

University of Sheffield

James is an experienced economic development professional, with twelve years’ experience in local government, consultancy and higher education. He has led the production of economic assessments and strategies, worked closely with developers to bring forward complex residential and employment sites, completed multiple project evaluations and submitted detailed business cases/funding applications to a range of public agencies on behalf of multi-disciplinary partnerships.

James is the University of Sheffield’s representative on the Chambers of Commerce Council, and manages the University’s regional economic development team. In this role he builds links between the University’s world-leading research and innovation activity, and businesses across Sheffield City Region, to implement collaborative projects and submit funding applications that deliver regional economic impact.

As a patron, the University of Sheffield is keen to work with Chamber members to help their businesses grow and develop, and James provides links, initiates discussions and cascades opportunities between the two organisations.

Prior to joining the University, James was a Principal Consultant with Steer: Economic Development and Head of Economic Development & Regeneration at Selby District Council.

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