As Head of Local Partnerships, James supports King’s work with and in our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster. He works closely with local charities and community groups to strengthen and facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between our staff, students and local communities.
James has specific responsibility for the development and implementation of local programmes such as King’s Civic Challenge, which empowers teams of local charities working alongside King’s students and staff to co-create projects that address local challenges, and Board Bank, which supports King’s staff and students to become charity trustees.
James has developed and delivered major projects across both the arts and higher education sectors. He managed the Royal Opera House’s BP Summer Big Screens programme of live opera and ballet relays to 25 UK locations, and the organisation’s London 2012 Olympics activity, including the official public exhibition, IOC ceremony, B2B showcase and corporate hospitality. For Hull UK City of Culture 2017, he led on operational planning for the leadership and programming teams, created systems and processes for project and programme management and played a key role in transition planning beyond 2017. James previously worked in the Culture team at King’s, producing exhibitions and events and supporting the start-up team’s development.
Between gaining an MA (Hons) in French, German and Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Syntax from UCL, James spent a year studying Japanese at Fukuoka University of Economics.