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.
The Governor of the Bank of England
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
CEO, Health Education England
Chief Executive of Ofcom
Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower
President of Murray Edwards College