James has spent 25 years in teaching and, yes, that’s more than you get for ‘murder’. But good news, he loved it, especially the 15 years he spent in primary headship.
A Leicester lad, James studied Drama and Education at University, where he had numerous performing roles, including the lead role in ‘Oedipus’. When the play was reviewed in ‘The Guardian’ he had the dubious distinction of being the only member of the cast not mentioned at all.
Undeterred by this set back, James qualified and migrated 30 miles north to sunny Derby where he has lived ever since.
Pragmatic and down to earth, James has extensive experience of leading through change. He was also seconded by his local authority on a number of occasions to support a variety of schools and projects.
James has been very active within the National College of School Leadership. He was an adviser to The Director of Primary Leadership, as well as helping to shape the College’s Future Provision Strategy and Leadership Development programmes.
James is passionate about personal development. He has an unshakable belief in the principles of ‘The Art of Brilliance’ and their ability to make a positive impact on young people in our schools, as well as in the wider world of work.