Investing and advising fast growing business
James was 24 when he founded Alternative Networks. He was dyslexic and left school at 16 with very few O levels. Having worked for a telecoms company, he rose to become its top salesperson before he decided to launch Alternative Networks using £9000 pounds of his and his co-fonders own savings. As managing director, CEO and now executive chairman, James has overseen the growth of the business from start-up, to becoming one of the leading independent business technology service providers in the UK, with a market cap of over 200 million, listed on AIM and employing over 600 people nationwide. James is a previous winner of Ernst and Young’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” Award.
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Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
Chair, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council