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James is the Chair of Slater & Gordon, having joined the organisation in December 2017.

James is an experienced Australian company director. He is currently the Chairman of Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Development Victoria and the Suburban Rail Loop Authority Advisory Board. He is also a Member of the MCG Trust.

James was previously serving as the President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Chair of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Worksafe Victoria, Managing Director of Funds Management and Insurance at the ANZ Banking Group, Chief Executive Officer of Norwich Union Australia, and TAC Chief Executive Officer. He has been a member of the COAG Business Advisory Forum and a previous director of VFMC.

James has a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

In 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Public Administration.

James is Chair of the Board and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the People and Culture Committee.