James joined the Group in 2018 and is Investment Manager for the North East Venture Fund. He is focused on early-stage technology investments across Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
He is also a member of the Mercia O2 Committee – offering the benefits of diverse opinions, ideas and points of view
James is an Economics graduate from Newcastle University who qualified as a chartered accountant with EY in Newcastle, working in their audit team and helping to establish their national analytics team. He has also gained industry experience with Procter & Gamble. Over the last seven years, James has worked in corporate finance advising a range of owner-managed businesses on raising early-stage venture capital, private equity investment, acquisitions and disposals throughout the UK.