Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
James was appointed as Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in October 2016, and Deputy Chief Executive in December 2017.
James joined the Trust from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children where he held the position of Deputy Director of HR&OD. He has also worked at other London hospitals in senior HR roles including Barts Health, Barts & The London and South London Healthcare over the past 20 years; and in fact, he started his NHS career at Medway in 1996 as an apprentice. Until recently, James was the Chair of the Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) Deputy HR Director Network. He is also currently a member of the London Academy Board for the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA).
During his time at Great Ormond Street Hospital, James led the team to national success at the Excellence in HR Awards for most improved capability in a HR team 2015, and runner up in 2016 in the best use of social media category. In addition, James was the winner of the HR News UK HR Manager of the year award in 2016.
He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, holds an MSc, and has also undertaken periods of study in the field of forensic psychology with the Open University and social & environmental psychology with the University of Cambridge. James is an active user of social media, and regularly speaks on HR and leadership both in the UK and internationally.
As part of his role, James provides strategic leadership on the workforce agenda.