James Briggs James joined Durkan in 1978 as a trainee quantity surveyor, becoming a qualified member of the RICS in 1987. He has gained experience in various roles within the company. In 1996 he was appointed Surveying Director with responsibility for the surveying function of the company and in 2005 he was made Operations Director. In 2013 he was promoted to Managing Director where his responsibility now extends throughout the company. James is a parent of two Chickenshed Youth Members and is related to Chickenshed Ambassador & Guardian Jo Collins. Member Building Care Group.