James combines his financial services and management consultancy background with considerable leadership experience, to provide a valuable sounding board to senior leaders in a variety of complex and challenging environments. He ‘partners’ with leaders, providing advice
and counsel, leveraging coaching techniques and a challenging and engaging style.
James began his career as a British Army Officer where he gained valuable hands on leadership experience. James then spent 8 years in the global insurance industry where he initially operated as a management consultant, including a secondment with McKinsey & Co. He then specialised in business development and sales, leaving the Willis Group as the Global Sales & Marketing Director for the Global Specialty business.
He subsequently spent 8 years in the investment industry joining a Family Office – as a partner. During this period James was a director of various Fund Management, Wealth and Asset management and Private Equity businesses, again primarily responsible for growth strategies. James wanted to combine his practical leadership experience with his consulting and financial background to help leaders. Having seen the transformative power of coaching he founded Pelham Street in 2012. He now advises and coaches leaders, typically at Executive Director Board level and their reports. His clients lead complex organisations or global functions in sectors such as Investment Banks, Commercial, Retail and Private Banks, Fund Management firms, Insurance Brokers, Underwriters, Asset and Wealth Management firms, FMCG, Strategy Consultants, Professional Services and Law firms, Pharmaceuticals and Global Charities.
James’s work responds well to personal or organisational inflection points, where he supports leaders and their teams navigate through complexity and his primary focus is on developing individual and collective performance.
Education, Qualifications, Professional Memberships:
- University of Columbia NYC – trained as an Executive Coach at Columbia Business School
- University of Cape Town – Master’s Degree in Business Administration – MBA
- Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
- Hogan Assessment Certified
- PRISM Brain-mapping Certified Practitioner