James is a founding partner of Clairfield UK and is a key figure in its history. He has over 25 years’ experience as a dealmaker, financier, and investor working predominantly within the Midlands business community. James has invested in over 30 private businesses and currently holds board roles with Abacus Lighting, Homes Caring for Autism, iESCo, Storm Gaming, Laidlaw and Ham Baker Group.
His career started with Deloitte Corporate Finance, and he subsequently set up Birmingham’s first corporate finance boutique in 1999, which was sold to Kroll in 2003 and reacquired as Orbis Partners in 2006. Over the last ten years, James has focused on financing and managing distressed businesses, working in partnership with management teams and stakeholders. James maintains an active role within the team using his experiences as an advisor and investor, particularly in the healthcare and industrial sectors.
James is a member of the Institute for Turnarounds (IFT) and a trustee for Cerebral Palsy Midlands.