James intended to start an electrical apprenticeship on leaving school, before a close friend tipped him off that he could earn a good wage cutting ferns for Cedar Hill Group.
He decided to give it a six month trial, and soon was so proficient that he was promoted from harvester to Field Supervisor.
James’ knowledge of local native foliages, and where they grow, assisted his next move within the Group, the sensitive business of negotiating licences to harvest on government lands and in state forests.
Eight years ago, James became Operations Manager, overseeing tubestock plant production within the nursery as well as the harvesting and processing of foliage. And in 2020, after twenty-six years with Cedar Hill Group, James now runs all operations on site as General Manager.
He attributes his long career with the company to the ability to change roles regularly, and progress with training and experience.
“Through the job I’ve seen more of the east coast of Australia than most people, and remote places, accessible only by 4WD, that the tourists never see.”