James joined the Group as a Director and member of the main Board in 2009. He has 25 years experience in the property industry, with approximately half of this time being in the national housebuilding sector.
Prior to Generator he was Development Director for Barratt Homes, responsible for land acquisition and planning in the east of England covering Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge & Norfolk. Following the acquisition of David Wilson Homes by Barratt in 2007, James successfully managed the integration of the DWH land team into the Division and was responsible for running both land teams as separate acquisition brands. Prior to joining Barratt, he was Land Director for David Wilson Homes covering the south east and before that held a senior land role at Bellway Homes.
James has a wealth of experience and expertise in the identification and delivery of residential and residentially led mixed-use development schemes in the south east. Before moving into the housebuilding sector, James was in private practice surveying as an Associate at Countrywide Commercial (part of Hambro Countrywide Plc) where, after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1992, he specialised in providing development advice, formal valuations and disposal/acquisition strategies both on residential and commercial opportunities to corporate and public sector clients.