James has been a chief executive and finance director in both listed and private equity-backed businesses, including at Ashley House plc, a quoted developer of doctors' surgeries and health centres. James is the finance director of Anglo African Oil & Gas plc. He was a non-executive director of the Lambeth Building Society until its sale to the Nationwide in 2006, and the chief financial officer of 8 Miles LLP, a private equity firm managing a fund to invest in buyouts across Africa. He was group chief accountant at Westminster Health Care plc, an operator of over 140 care homes and psychiatric hospitals, during the 1990s and managing director of its diagnostic imaging division.
James has operated a financial and management consultancy business for over thirty-five years. He has advised a number of national and international private-equity firms on strategy, fundraising, marketing and business development.
James has been a trustee of the UK's longest-established drama school, LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) since 2008 and chairs its finance committee. He is also an affiliate governor of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, an umbrella organisation for eight leading UK dance, circus and drama schools, and sits on its finance committee. James is a director of The Queen's Club, a leading UK racquet sports club, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.