James has over 25 years’ experience in event organisation and major venue management.
He began his career as a conference organiser for UK-based Water Research Centre then moved into venue management, joining Wembley Stadium Ltd as event manager, later moving into a commercial role.
Future roles included London Arena as Sales & Marketing Director then as Director of Hilton Direct.
He is now a member of the executive team of ExCeL London, responsible for the commercial strategies of its Conference and Events Division, developing a strong national and international clientele in London’s largest conference and exhibition centre.
As a venue owned by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), he is also responsible for helping to promote the Middle East region to international event planners.
James is a passionate volunteer leader in the industry and now holds the prestigious role as President of ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association.