James was born in Kent and educated at Tonbridge School, after which he attended Bristol University where he studied Law.

After graduation, James joined the tax and legal services graduate scheme at PricewaterhouseCoopers. From there he went on to work in the investment management industry as a fund accountant and business analyst. After nearly a decade in ‘the City’ and remembering how much he enjoyed working in a prep and senior boarding school during his gap year, James decided on a change of career. He and his young family moved to Bristol so he could take up a role as teacher of Business and Economics at Clifton College. During his six years at Clifton, he spent 4 years as the Assistant Housemaster of a senior boarding house, a role which he enjoyed greatly. He was also Head of Careers, coached boys’ rugby XVs, girls’ rugby VIIs, football and athletics.

James is a keen sportsman, having played rugby for England U18 and semi-professionally for Blackheath RFC. Having hung up his boots, he likes squash, the occasional run, and a round of golf (but it costs him a fortune in golf balls!). Whilst James is the first to admit that he has very little musical or artistic ability of his own he is in admiration of those who do and is a keen supporter of the arts.

James joined TSI in Autumn 2019 as Housemaster of Foxcombe boys’ house and is looking forward to working with brilliant young people from all across the world.