Start date

September 2023

Background and experience

James has almost 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including over ten years of management experience, as a frontline, middle and senior (programme) manager. James brings expertise and several years’ experience managing and advising on Health & Social Care projects, programmes and services in the public and third sectors. The majority of this experience has been in regard to mental health, learning disability and autism programmes and portfolios within the NHS, local government, wider public sector and third sector.

James gained frontline health and social care experience as a statutory Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) and Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA). James has also been an internal and external trainer on the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 (including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards / DoLS) and Care Act 2014, as well as having held research roles with a national academic institute (National Mental Health Institute, University of Nottingham) and as an Expert Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE).

James is a certified Prince2 Practitioner and a Chartered Manager member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Health and social care, mental health, learning disabilities, project and programme management, social policy and administration, service improvement and change management.

Personal interests

Adult health and social care, autism in childhood, carer and family experiences of autism