James joined Vestey Holdings in July 2019 as a Non-Executive Director and became Chairman in January 2020.
He brings a wealth of experience gained over 23 years in the retail leisure industry. Between 1989 and 2013, he was Chief Executive of Dobbies Garden Centres plc and was instrumental in developing Dobbies from £4m of turnover to £150m. During his tenure, he led a management buy-out in 1994, a flotation in 1997 and the sale of the business to Tesco in 2007. After 6 years with the Tesco Group, James left Dobbies in July 2013.
Prior to Dobbies, he spent 7 years in the City as an investment banker with L Messel & Co, Shearson Lehman and Prudential Bache.
James is also Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association, Thirlestane Castle Trust and The Crieff Food Company a new format food store specialising in local produce.
James has recently been appointed as a non executive director of Blackrock Smaller Companies Investment Trust Plc.