Jim O’Rourke was an entrepreneur at 10; impresario and major event organisor at 20; established innovator and businessman at 30; team builder and senior manager by 40,and Chief Executive for 8 years of a major charity with 200 staff and 50,000 members at the time of his decision to set up his own business offering consultancy services in April 2004.
Jim is a serial developer of ideas, projects and capital programmes; he provides a unique insight into what can be done and how, who can help, sources of funding and expertise. He delights in “making things happen” for the benefit of people, businesses and communities; building confidence to lead your team on to do it for yourselves is fundamental to his ethos of “the art of realization”
Jim began organising in earnest during his college days at Aberystwyth University in the mid 70’s whilst responsible for considerable growth in the entertainments and services provided for the students, culminating in a sabbatical year as President of the Guild of Students
Jim’s first “proper” job was as Development Officer for the leading welsh youth work charity “Urdd Gobaith Cymru” in Pembrokeshire from 1978-1982, where his blend of energy, vision,and natural business skills were soon evidenced by a significant increase in membership and an enhanced programme of activities which included major events and the opening of a new farm based “tented” residential centre in the National Park.
In 1982 he moved to be Director of the Urdd residential centre at Llangrannog leading the management team through a period of impressive growth from 6000 to 16,000 residential visitors a year ,with major capital investment achieved with up to 90% grant aid for a new swimming pool, ski facility and en-suite accomodation.
By 1995 Jim was ready for a new challenge and moved to work on fundraising for the Zaha Hadid Opera House, which was eventually never built, in Cardiff Bay . He moved on to work for Welsh National Opera as Fundraising Manager for Wales for almost a year before returning to the Urdd as Chief Executive in 1996
The Urdd was transformed during his period of 8 years in this post through a complete re-structuring and major investment in all aspects of the activity network , the I.T. infrastructure and particularly the residential centres and Urdd National Eisteddfod.
Growth from 120 to almost 200 staff and in turnover to £10m in the final year with investment of over £10m over two years in capital projects achieved through £8m in grant aid left the organisation in good stead despite the difficulties experienced in 2000 during the “foot and mouth crisis.
Jim established his own consultancy in April 2004 and relishes the challenges of helping companies, public bodies, Local Authorities and organisations in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors to realize their best ideas, fund their projects and manage their staff and volunteers through periods of change and development. He would welcome an opportunity to help you.