James Swanston is the founder of Carbon Voyage, a company that focuses on environmentally friendly transportation solutions and which is based in Techcity. Before moving to the United Kingdom, James ran a number of small enterprises in wine, property and IT in Australia. To date, his business has worked with Tesco, the University of Manchester, Transport for London, Ministry of Defence, Aegis Group plc, Earls Court and Olympia, RDC (a subsidiary of Computacenter) and IBM.
James is the chair of the Transport Working Group of the Energy Managers Association which was founded by Lord Redesdale to help major UK businesses to help address the challenges of energy scarcity and climate change. He was recently listed in the Tech City Almanac as one of the 100 key figures helping to redefine digital business in London; James also works with Lord Mawson OBE on the St Paul’s Way Transformation Project, one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects, with a focus on encouraging students to look at science, technology, engineering and maths (aka STEM) and enterprise. He is on the organising committee for Green and Tonic, a fast growing networking group for sustainability leaders in London and has previously assisted the Sustainable Development Commission on smart mobility and was awarded the Greenbang award for smart transport in 2011. James regularly speaks at events on sustainability and entrepreneurship topics. He has been granted the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, one of the City of London’s oldest livery companies.
He has served as an officer in the Australian and British Armies, including tours of duty in Malaysia, East Timor, Iraq, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan; in his spare time, he commands the City of London Fusiliers Company of the London Regiment. He spent several years in the Australian military intelligence, where he established a multi-discipline team working on the fusion of intelligence collection and analysis across different technical intelligence types, for which he was awarded the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation’s Outstanding Service Award. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation for service in Iraq.
James Swanston completed three bachelor degrees concurrently from Griffith University in Law, International Business and Modern Asian Studies, a Diploma in Export Management and a Masters in International Relations and Asian Politics (University of Queensland).