James trained in Drama and Theatre Arts (specialising in Directing) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh where he began his career as a theatre producer with shows at The Bush Theatre and The Traverse Theatre.

In 2006 he went to work at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, where he met Rosie who was performing during the Fringe festival. During his seven years at Dance Base, James was involved in most areas of the organisation, leaving his post of Communications and Development Director in 2013. James went on to be National Project Manager for the Get Scotland Dancing initiative, a part of the Legacy and Culture 2014 programme as part of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.

James joined the board of Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2011 and has worked with Rosie since 2014.