James began his relationship with Leading Teams as a client in 2009 when he assumed the presidency of a premier A-Grade amateur football club. He then introduced Leading Teams into his business at NAB. Throughout these client experiences James remained a passionate advocate of the Leading Teams facilitation model and attributes much of the success in his business life to the impact Leading Teams has had on culture and performance in both sports and business.

James joined Leading Teams in Melbourne in 2016 and brought over 30 years of professional experience gained in banking, chartered accounting and sports administration. James came to Leading Teams from NAB, where he was a General Manager; his responsibilities included leading many significant strategic transactions for NAB where teamwork, an agreed common purpose, sense of urgency and excellence were key ingredients to success. He also served as Executive Director on various NAB subsidiary boards.

James is a chartered accountant by profession and holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School as well as being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. James has led teams in Australia, the USA and in the UK and has also worked in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He attributes his successes in business to his ability to focus on building strong relationships, agreeing purpose and empowering his people and teams to achieve high performance outcomes.

James left Leading Teams in March 2017.