James has served as the district councillor for Eriswell and the Rows ward since 2009. In 2011 he was elected Leader of Forest Heath District Council and he also represents the Mildenhall division on Suffolk County Council.
Since becoming Leader, James has made economic growth a top priority and has transformed the authority with a complete overhaul of its governance model to become more business like and business friendly. He and his Cabinet colleagues have responded to deep cuts in Government funding by sharing services with neighbouring St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and move with pace to take advantage of opportunities.
James has a reputation for straight talking and getting results. He brings a fresh point of view to discussions as he is relatively new to local government and has the ability to unlock difficult or challenging problems.
James is married with four children.