James is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation – the What Works Centre for education - and works across all areas of its activity. James has been involved in the EEF since its start, first leading the bid to the Department for Education, then setting up the charity’s infrastructure and strategy.
Prior to his role at EEF, James was the Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, where he worked for ten years on policy, research and practical projects, and where he remains an advisor. James was also a founding trustee of the work experience charity PRIME and the Children’s University Trust. He is currently the Vice Chair of The Brilliant Club, one of the largest university access charities in English secondary schools, and a governor of a comprehensive school in the East Midlands where he lives.