Founder and CEO | Leadership and Talent Management Expert | Consultant and Executive Coach
James is a leadership and talent management expert, business consultant and executive coach. He has over 25 years’ experience working with leaders, teams and organizations around the world to optimize their performance, talent and future success. James specializes in leadership and talent assessment, development and change; unlocking positive, high-performing teams and organizations; crafting and implementing purpose-driven strategies and accelerating creative thinking and innovation. He has particularly strong expertise in innovative sectors such as Tech, Digital, Online Retail, Luxury and Life Sciences.
Before founding his own entrepreneurial businesses, James held corporate leadership roles in HR and Talent Management in the UK and abroad with companies such as Yahoo! and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals. Since then, he has set up and led several successful leadership and talent management businesses. Under James’s leadership, one of these ventures, Strengthscope®, a strengths-based talent assessment and development business, become a global market leader before he sold the business in 2018.
James coaches, supports and advises leaders and teams globally across diverse industries and geographies. Clients he has worked with include Allen & Overy, Commvault, Equinor, Facebook, Farfetch, GSK, Hilton, John Lewis, LVMH, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, NHS, Oracle, Sainsbury’s, Swiss Re, Tesco, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, WSP and Yahoo!.
James has a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, an MBA, an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Harvard Business qualification in Sustainable Business Strategy. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Association of Business Psychologists and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). He is currently undertaking a PhD in Organizational Psychology examining the start-up experiences of Tech and Digital founders.
James is also an author and speaker on leadership, talent management and the future of work. His most recent book, Optimize Your Strengths, explores how leaders can create thriving workplaces by inspiring and supporting people to optimize their potential and teamwork to deliver breakthrough results.
James’ top strengths are helping others identify and develop their unique potential, creativity, leading, empathy and strategic mindedness. Outside work, James recharges by running, hiking, spending time with his family and travelling the world to discover different cultures.