James has 30 years' experience in finance and management roles, the majority within international education and training.
After studying for a degree in Economics and Accountancy, James spent 3 years in chartered accountancy, before taking the position of Financial Accountant in a large national training company. Later at NCC Education - a multinational Higher Education Awarding body - he held the roles of Finance Director and, in his last year, Acting Managing Director. He contributed substantially to turning the business around, resulting in the company enjoying the most financially successful period in its history.
James joined Orbital in 2007 to fulfil the role of Group Finance Director and support the development of the group.
In November 2019 James won the Northern Finance Director of the Year 2019 for turnaround successes. He had been shortlisted from over 70 candidates at the prestigious 2019 Northern Finance Director of the Year Awards.