Jem started his professional life as a PE teacher and has always enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of sport. He has competed at varying levels in football, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, squash, real tennis, volleyball, track & field, cycle racing, swimming and boxing.
Jem has been a triathlete since the mid-eighties and he has done most things within the sport.
He continues to represent GB as an age-grouper at World and European Championships. He has coached individuals and been a club coach and he has been an official for many years, from local club events to National Championships and European and World Cup events in winter and summer; he is currently a National Technical Official. Jem has organised a number of events in the north of England including triathlons for the Corporate Games of GB & NI. Jem has managed England teams in Home Nations’ triathlon and duathlon championships.
Jem chose to become involved in sports’ administration and governance and was Chair of the Triathlon England Management Board 2007 – 2014; he represented Triathlon England on the board of the British Triathlon Federation also during that time.
Between 2009 and 2011 Jem was Secretary General of the European Triathlon Union, and was Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Triathlon between 2014 and 2017.
Outside of sport, Jem is a Justice of the Peace. He also serves on the Research Strategy Board of the Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis.