Dr James Littlemore, Kier Highways


Project nominated for: Bush Walk Woods Community Biodiversity Project

Nominated by: Dr Leigh Brewin, Kier Highways, Environment and Water Resources Manager


James's nominator tells us why he was nominated:



James has a unique background in education; he uses this experience to engage with multiple

stakeholders whilst working for Kier Highways. Internally delivering ‘One Planet Action Plan’ sustainability

training, he has received some excellent feedback and we now have more volunteers on our new

Sustainability Group than we can handle!



Highways England, recently communicated that they felt James ‘actively inspires confidence in colleagues and encourages them to be more assured in their own knowledge’. James leads from the front in the field of ecology and biodiversity encouraging the best from our team + assisting in the recruitment/mentoring of new staff.


James has a confident and amenable approach in dealing with people and a ‘can-do’ attitude that instils confidence for others in his abilities. His enthusiasm for ecology extends to engaging with the general public e.g. volunteering and enthusiastic ally leading community, research and educational projects.


During our ‘Environment Week’, James successfully ran some persuasive ecological awareness training to our engineers and authored a professionally formatted ‘Wildlife Awareness Manual’ which has subsequently been issued to staff and now available in our vehicle fleet so non-specialists can log ecological or environmental aspects and observations on scheme visits.



James continues to publish discipline related scholarly publications, not easy given the contractual nature of our work. He has also recruited young Nuffield Scholars to work on ecology focused STEM projects this summer, collaborating with a local University. He also supervises PhD students, which lends academic rigour to our Team.


How James has gone the extra mile to enrich and enhance biodiversity on this project…

We wanted to promote a number of ecological/biodiversity issues within Kier Highways this year to increase our overall profile and awareness with our internal and external audiences. James’ amiable character and laid back nature have helped to foster and drive a whole range of initiatives that are balanced alongside the significant demands of his main role. He has a real people-focus and leads by example, and this is perhaps illustrated best in his co-ordination of the main community project where he has volunteered his own time to support a local Charitable Trust. A true champion for biodiversity and people!