James was appointed to the board of WS Atkins plc as Group Human Resources Director in 2014, one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies. In 2016 he took on responsibility for MarComs in addition to HR. When Atkins was acquired in 2017 by SNC-Lavalin of Canada to form one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies, James joined the new group’s Executive Committee as EVP Human Resources. Prior to this he was Group Human Resources Director at Hays Plc, The BOC Group, Linde AG, and PA Consulting Group.
James has lived and worked in the Former Soviet Union, Hong Kong and New Zealand and has a wide experience of Higher Education, having gained a B.Sc. through the Open University. Additionally he has an M.A. (Hons) from Cambridge University, an M.Litt. from Otago University, and an M.Sc. from the University of West London, as well as studying at Michigan and Harvard Business Schools.
He has professional experience as a purchaser of Executive Education from several business schools and in 2008, was appointed to the Board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he served for 6 years.