James is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, qualifying with RSM.
Since joining thinkBeyond's holding group, Benchmark, James has implemented new systems and best practices to revitalize and strengthen the group’s financial processes. He has led on several extensive due diligence projects working across the group to provide strategic, operational and commercial support and facilitated the growth of the business. Prior to joining Benchmark, James was the Finance Manager at Decathlon, one of the world’s largest sporting goods retailers. During his time there, he was instrumental in the turnaround of the finance department and also ensured the successful development of the online business internationally. James graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Accounting and Finance.