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Executive Team

James joined NNL in September 2017 as Chief Strategy Officer. He leads the newly-formed Strategy, Science and Innovation (SSI) Directorate. This multidisciplinary team is made up of strategy, market insight, communications, innovation and S&T professionals and is charged with defining, shaping and supporting the execution of NNL’s strategy. James brings a breadth of experience across a number of industry sectors, including management consulting, defence, public affairs and the media.

Prior to NNL, James worked in Deloitte’s strategy practice – Monitor Deloitte – leading engagements with clients in the defence and security sectors. He worked with a range of Boards and senior management teams in the public and private sector, focusing on bringing digital innovation to complex operational environments, transforming corporate capabilities to deliver enhanced business performance and driving growth through internationalisation and diversification strategies.

Before joining Deloitte, James was a director at techUK, the trade association representing the UK’s technology companies. This followed a number of years at BAE Systems, where his work focused on strategy and international business development, including postings to Saudi Arabia, Washington DC and India. James started his career in the media, firstly in publishing and then as a journalist, working in both local and national news before specialising in foreign affairs.