Following 9 years in senior positions with Jones Lang LaSalle and Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong and San Francisco, James spent 8 years with the office development and investment company the Akeler Group, initially as MD of its European operations, based in Lisbon and Paris, and latterly as CEO based in London. Under his guidance, the business was sold in late 2006 to Macquarie Goodman (now Goodman International) for 650m.
Since 2007, James has utilised his investment, development, management and consultancy skills to the benefit of a diverse group of organisations in such fields as real estate, intelligence & risk management, construction, and private aviation. He has also invested into various operating companies and has mentored a number of start-up companies.
Educated at Clifton College, Bristol and a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, James was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets and served for 4 years in various peace-keeping and operational roles.