James is chair of the East Midlands Committee as well as chair of the East Midlands Education and Inspiration Committee.
James studied an MEng degree in Civil Engineering with Architecture at Leeds University (1996-2000). After completing his degree, James began working for Building Design Partnership as a graduate structural engineer gaining valuable experience in building design and coordination.
In 2004 he moved to Mott MacDonald and became chartered with the IStructE in 2005. Since then he has managed a wide variety of multidisciplinary civil and structural design projects in various sectors, including commercial, healthcare, education, leisure, security and defence.