James grew up in Stourbridge in the West Midlands where he attended his local comprehensive and sixth-form. After reading economics (and watching Everton) at the University of Liverpool, he moved to Clapham fifteen years ago, to start his career as an economist. He is now a Director at a specialist economics consultancy, specialising in the telecommunications sector, where he advises governments, regulators and companies on policy and regulatory matters.
Over the last fifteen years, James has lived right across the Vauxhall constituency, including in Clapham, Brixton, Oval and now Kennington. He has been actively involved in the local community for a number of years and stood as a Conservative candidate in his local Princes ward (Kennington) ward in the last two sets of Lambeth council elections.
Outside of work and politics, James is a keen runner, having completed a number of the big city marathons.