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James Lock

Managing Director at Opus.

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Opus Independents Ltd, James has over ten years of experience working in a range of sectors including the VCS and third sectors on a variety of project management and delivery roles and sits on the boards of Voluntary Action Sheffield, Healthwatch and Cohesion Sheffield.

He is convinced that the world we live in can be improved through dedicated project work which identifies and contributes towards upstream solutions that address our collective social, environmental, political and economic challenges at their root.

James has extensive experience in value-led approaches to partnership work and a particular knowledge of independent trade, marketing, arts, activism, event management, sales, active citizenship and culture sectors within the city.

In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family, listening to new (to him) music, writing poetry, playing racket sports and reading science fiction.

Make Yourself at Home, Sheffield

Stories of recovery, resilience and renewal can give us a new sense of shared purpose and agency, says Opus and Now Then co-founder James Lock.

Opus during Covid-19: Thoughts and reflections

Opus - whose social projects include Now Then Magazine and Festival of Debate - share their experiences of adapting to a completely new landscape in Sheffield - and what is still left to be done to make our city better for everyone.

Fairer Money: Redistribution & Wellbeing

As we approach a snap General Election on 8 June, issues of income inequality among the electorate are at the forefront of Labour leader Jer…

As we approach a snap General Election on 8 June, issues of income inequality among the electorate are at the forefront of Labour leader Jer

Yanis Varoufakis: Democratising Europe

In recent years we have seen far more of the workings behind the curtain of neoliberalism than we ever have before. This is in part, I belie…

In recent years we have seen far more of the workings behind the curtain of neoliberalism than we ever have before. This is in part, I belie

Now Then #100 : Imposter Syndrome in the House of Graft

What makes this city worth fighting for, worth striving to improve? What makes it great? I’ve heard people say Sheffield doesn’t shout about…

What makes this city worth fighting for, worth striving to improve? What makes it great? I’ve heard people say Sheffield doesn’t shout about

Just Fine: The Economics of Justice

When casually reading a Magistrates' Association (MA) newsletter recently, I was struck by the idea of an 'economics of justice'. So confuse…

When casually reading a Magistrates' Association (MA) newsletter recently, I was struck by the idea of an 'economics of justice'. So confuse

Festival of Debate: Join the discussion

Solutions for change rarely appear out of thin air, in vacuum, and it’s almost certain that they don’t achieve consensus unless widely discu…

Solutions for change rarely appear out of thin air, in vacuum, and it’s almost certain that they don’t achieve consensus unless widely discu

Real Ale: Get supping

Walking into the pub, enjoying the anticipation with a wistful and instinctive licking of the lips, I contemplate the selection of creativel…

Walking into the pub, enjoying the anticipation with a wistful and instinctive licking of the lips, I contemplate the selection of creativel

PAUL KINGSNORTH : The story of uncivilisation

Paul Kingsnorth is a modern man of action and it is a pleasure to have the chance to interview him once more in this month's environmentally…

Paul Kingsnorth is a modern man of action and it is a pleasure to have the chance to interview him once more in this month's environmentally