James was appointed Director of Southampton Cultural Development Trust in November 2015. He was previously deputy CEO at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Prior to that he was General Manager at the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts in Newbury. In 2012 he was Creative Producer for Parrabbola on Margate Hosts The Boat Project as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
James was Director of Audiences South, the regional audience development agency for six years. He has worked as a freelance marketing consultant; for Tickets.com as an internet ticket sales consultant; and as marketing manager at both Salisbury Playhouse and The Watermill Theatre. He studied Philosophy at the University of Southampton.