After reading Economics and Economic History at Bristol University, James began his career at Arthur Andersen, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1995. From there he spent 10 years at EMI Music, both in the UK and Continental Europe Music Divisions, predominantly in planning and analysis, but also leading business process design for the global SAP roll out.
Most recently, James worked for the Travelocity Group (then part of the Sabre Corporation) in numerous roles including Global CFO, but also as COO for Europe and Asia, and CFO for lastminute.com, managing all aspects of financial control, planning, and compliance. He also drove material change management initiatives and corporate development activities in the US, Europe and Asia and latterly led the divestment of a number of the Travelocity assets, including the sale of lastminute.com to Bravofly and Holiday Autos to Car Trawler. James brings a wealth of operational finance experience across multiple territories in scaled B2C and B2B businesses.
He lives with his wife and 4 children in Tunbridge Wells, and enjoys running and cycling.