James brings extensive knowledge in managing and building finance functions, particularly in the oil industry. He spent the last six years at PetroSaudi Oil Services Ltd as Director of Finance and previously as Group Financial Controller where he set up and led the finance function of an oil drilling service group. Previously he was Major Projects Finance Director for over three years, where he led the financial management of large international engineering, procurement and construction projects of oil & gas infrastructure at Chicago Bridge & Iron Corporation. His previous roles were at Paladin Resources, Crew Gold Corporation, Smiths Group Plc and KPMG.

James has been awarded a Master Degree in Physics at the Imperial College London and he is an ACA Charted Accountant.