James

Name

James

Position

Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor

Location

London & SE

Big Business Experience

United Nations, Kings College London

Tata Hospital India

Small Business Experience

Focusrite PLC, Dulwich College

Pole Star Space Applications

Summary

James founded, grew and sold a “dotcom” start-up in 2000. Since then, he has been a freelance project manager specialising helping businesses with technically challenging projects.

Large clients have included the United Nations where he helped specify IT to support the LRIT treaty and Kings College London & Tata Hospital India, where James helped them specify a project to apply machine learning (AI) to the diagnosis of mouth and neck cancers.

Smaller clients have included Dulwich College (IT turnaround) and Focusrite PLC where James helped them implement systems and processes prior to their listing on AIM.

Qualifications

  • Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner 2005
  • Corporate Governance for Directors, Imperial Management School 2000
  • Member of HM Treasury JISC e-commerce committee 1997 – 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Imperial College London

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Using information technology to support and drive growth
  • Public, Private and Not-For-Profit businesses
  • Project Planning and Execution
  • Project remediation, troubleshooting and turnaround
  • Managing software delivery
  • A wide breath of technical knowledge including Windows administration, Microsoft 365, full stack development, API driven development and blockchain.

Experience

Technical Project Manager – KCL & Tata AI in Cancer project. Aug – Dec 2020

Managing a £1.5m bid to apply AI to cancer therapy in the UK and India.

Co-opted Governor with CTO Brief, Forest Hill School. Oct 2017 –

This state school became insolvent in 2015 and suffered a collapse of its financial and IT systems. James was volunteered to assist in the turn-around and they broke-even in 16/17 and have a balanced budget going forwards.

Founder, SupportMyLocal.org. Aug 2018 –

James’ own venture provides ecommerce services to local businesses.

Consultant Chief Technology Officer, Dulwich College. Jun 2014 – Jun 2018

Dulwich College is the leading international school brand. James led a technology transformation and in 2016 they won the prestigious Microsoft Showcase award.

Consultant Project Director, Cirrus Software Limited. Jun 2013 – Dec 2013

AcademyPoint is the UK’s number 1 compliance training portal for utilities.

Consultant Project Director, Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited. 2012

Focusrite makes consumer audio equipment. It was a FT Fast Track 100 company and James implemented project management processes before its successful IPO.