CAREERS: HOW I GOT HERE - Jim Adamson, chairman, Momentum

What was your first job? I left school at 15 with no formal qualifications and worked as an apprentice TV mechanic. Two years later I was accidentally shot during a Territorial Army exercise, leaving me paralysed from the chest down.

What does your current role involve? As chairman of Momentum, I oversee strategic developments for the whole organisation. Momentum offers rehabilitation, as well as education and training, for people with spinal and brain injury, mental health problems, and physical disability.

Roughly outline your career path Following my accident I took a BA in Humanities through the Open University followed by an honours degree in film and media studies.In 1993, I founded Speakeasy Productions, now one of the biggest TV and multimedia companies in Scotland. I joined the board of Momentum four years ago and was appointed chairman in August.

At the moment, I'm studying for an MBA.

What training or course has most enhanced your career? The BA Honours degree in film and media studies. I went on to do post-graduate studies in electronic imaging and ultimately set up Speakeasy.

What has been your greatest career achievement? There have been some milestones such as founding Speakeasy and being appointed chairman of Momentum.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector? Good business practice is just as important as energy and commitment.

Are there any charities you support financially, or with your time? As chairman of Momentum, I'm on the council of Rehab Group, Momentum's parent organisation, and I subscribe to African famine relief charity Concern and Plan International, which supports children in the Third World.

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