James is from Norfolk, England. After completing his undergraduate studies (BSc Hons) in Liverpool, James trained as an English as Second Language teacher, travelled across Asia and taught in Taiwan for three years. He returned to the UK and gained a MSc from the University of Liverpool and completed a PGCE in Primary Education. Following this, he taught in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 in England and then took up a post at Doha British School (DBS). Teaching at DBS for eight years, he held the roles of class teacher, year leader, Key Stage 2 leader and then deputy head, becoming part of the school's management team. James enjoys playing the drums, watching live music, hiking, reading, going to the movies and when he can, sailing and scuba diving.