James was an academic physicist for more than a decade before moving into university management. In that role he was responsible for strategy development and implementation and risk management of policy, subsequently becoming a consultant - firstly in the Netherlands and more recently moving to Oxfordshire - with specialisation in strategy and change for SMEs. James was shocked upon returning to the UK to see very tangible evidence of social inequality and is eager to share his knowledge and experience with Aspire to help address this head on.