James has spent nearly 20 years working in the IT industry, initially in London for the BBC, followed by a medical education company and then returning to Norwich to work at Sprowston High School. Since 2011 he has run his own small business providing IT consultancy across the county. With the potential for Norwich to become a hub for digital innovation, James is campaigning to help our city become a world leader in the digital economy.
James was born and bred in Norwich, attending Avenue First and Middle, followed by Earlham High. Following A-Levels he gained an HND and Degree at City College. It was at Earlham High, that James gained an interest in entrepreneurship, having started his first business selling computers at 13 with some school friends. He feels that the education system should nurture and encourage entrepreneurship in young people.
James has spent many years involved in the local community as a City Councillor, and Chair of Governors at a Primary School where he was a member of the Norfolk Governors' Network County Committee. Both roles with schools and education were hugely rewarding and important for helping provide the best for young people.
James comes from a family that were heavily involved with the Methodist church, and as such grew up in an environment where the local and wider communities were at the heart of everything. With the building of housing and the reduction of homelessness a key priority for James he is currently fundraising for the Benjamin Foundation, and in the past has raised money for St Martins Housing Trust and provided IT support for Umbrella Housing on a voluntary basis.