James Turner

James Turner

Associate Director

James has been our Associate Director at our North East office since 2014.  He has led a range of projects across England and the UK with voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) and public sector clients.  He has developed Rocket Science’s approach to organisational strengths reviews of VCSE groups and has extensive experience of evaluating both local and national-level projects.  He brings many years’ experience of working in senior policy and grant-making roles at the Big Lottery Fund.

James is a trustee at the Toby Henderson Trust – a Northumberland-based charity supporting young people with autism – and a parent governor at Hedleys Northern Counties school.

 Key skills:

  • Organisational strengths reviews
  • Impact and process evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis and research
  • Service design and review
  • Project management


  • VCSE sector support and development
  • Grant funding programme development and management
  • Employability


  • BA(Hons) in Mathematics, Oxford University
  • Social Return on Investment Practioner training, Social Value UK, 2016

 Little weaknesses:

  • His right ankle which gave up on him about 30 years ago
  • An aversion to practically every product sold in Gregg’s, which can be an issue if you are out and about and hungry in the North East
  • Diet Coke – We are not sure what it is about aspartame-flavoured bubbly water.  At least it means there’s something he can buy at Gregg’s.