With experience in rural and licensed property, James qualified as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 1987 whilst working for Carter Jones. He subsequently joined Dron & Wright working in both their City and West End offices where he headed their Investment department advising the likes of British Land, Daejan Holdings, Provident Life and Wintherthur Life.
In 1995 he left to manage the family portfolio which consists of two estates and associated businesses in Herefordshire and Cheshire which have been in the family since the 1800’s. An important part of this was the diversification into property investment and development, which has increased the value of assets he is responsible for to in excess of £150m.
James has managed and either retained or exited in excess of 50 development projects in the UK with a GDV in excess of £75million. In addition he has conducted developments in Europe, South Africa, United States and Western Australia where the development program amounted to approximately AUD$70m.
James joined Calmez in 2009 as a shareholder and director. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman and continues in those roles with Saxon Trust. James also acts as a Deputy of the Court of Protection.