Sheffield City Regional Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman
James has a portfolio of non-executive directorships in both the private and public sectors.
He is the first chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which was formed in 2010 and is also chairman of Finance Yorkshire, the main funder for SME businesses in Yorkshire and Humberside. He is also currently chairman or senior non-executive director of a number of PLCs.
Away from business, he is chairman of the trustees of a large national charity, running care homes for the elderly and retired in 2011 as deputy chairman of the governors of Sheffield Hallam University, who have recently awarded him an honorary doctorate for his services to business, enterprise and education in Yorkshire.
Much of his full-time career was spent as group finance director of a number of FTSE PLCs, including Watmoughs Group, the world's largest wire and rope maker BRIDON, and the Kelda Group, the holding company for Yorkshire Water where he was also deputy CEO.
As a non-executive director, he has been chairman of Waste Recycling and on the boards of Dignity, Scott Wilson and Richmond Foods. James is a chartered accountant and was master cutler in 2009–10.