A normal background with a career in the real world.
Pictured: Introducing Mayor Palmer at a Breakfast Briefing in Cambridge attended by over 100 leading Planning sector delegates.
Prior to this James worked in the publishing industry. This included working with the late Sir Patrick Moore at Modern Astronomer magazine and being involved with launch of the first UK’s first digital camera magazine ‘What Digital Camera’ working with major brands like Kodak, Fuji, Casio and Vivitar.
Inspirational example of social mobility
James was the first person in his family to go to University, securing a LLB Law Degree with 2:1 Honours. He is currenrly completing his Postgraduate Masters in Law (LLM) studying at a London University. This led to an internship at a prestigious leading London law-firm.
His family come from a normal working class background; through hard-work bringing major successes. His family built an international optical manufacturing business with factories across the UK, distributors in Europe and holding the Disney and Speedo franchise rights. He also understands the value of service, where his grandparents working in the Police Force and Local Government.
These values of entrepreneurship and service have guided James in his life; across politics, business and charity.
Conservation and preservation
James has a long track record in conservation and preservation. Volunteered his time on a range of projects. This includes saving an historic Tithe Barn from conversion and then setting up a trust to restore the building. Pictured right: Leading a clean-up of the Tithe Barn.
During his time as a councillor launched Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity strategies in addition to re-opening a river with enhanced wildlife habitats. At a national level served on the Local Government Association Board that led on conservation of historic buildings. Pictured right: Starting an orchard at the Emmaus homeless charity.
James has actively fundraised for over a dozen different charities through organising gala dinners for them. Most recently he also completed the London BT Tower climb in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
He has also served on a range or charitable boards in the housing, educational, homelessness and conservation sectors.
James’ real world experience across the public, private & charity sectors with a normal background means he knows how to get action.