James is a retired solicitor. Having trained and spent his early career in the City of London, James moved to a Berkshire practice where he became a partner for over 30 years. Until his retirement in 2014, he practised in litigation, specialising in employment law for the final 15 years. James aims to bring the benefit of his legal experience to the BTA. He has been on the Board of trustees since July 2014.

James is married with two daughters and lives in North Hampshire. His interests include gardening, keeping fit, DIY, theatre, skiing and occasional flying.