Charity & voluntary work

Anti-bullying campaigner

For over a 15 years, James has been working with the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, who have a learner centres in Cambridge, Norfolk, Peterborough, north London and Essex. The charity helps children that have been so badly bullied that they no longer attend school – a real issue of social justice and ensuring these youngsters get the education they deserve.

James has drafted a plan to tackle bullying in Schools, the ‘charter for bullied school children’ has drawn widespread praise and has been featured on the influential blog page ‘Conservative Home’

An active and committed fundraiser

Over the years, James has been organising countless successful charity events for good causes including;

Addenbrookes Hospital intensive care baby units (nicu/scbu),
Armed Forces Benevolent Fund,
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cancer Research UK,

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices,
East Anglian Air Ambulance,
Help for Heroes,
Red Balloon Learner Centre,
Shetland Pony Welfare Trust,
Sri Lanka Tsunami Collection
Waterbeach Toddler Playgroup,
Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth (WAY).

James also took part in the BT Tower Climb, climbing 1,000 steps in 12 minutes and so raising funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.

In addition, James also supports good causes including  the Remus Horse Sanctuary, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Wood Green – The Animals Charity, ADHD & Autism Support and the RNLI.

Founded a Trust to protect our Tudor history

TrustJames has led efforts to restore a listed Tudor Tithe Barn Trust. It is the only one in the UK with the original floor in place. Pictured right: Celebrating securing charity status with some of the Tithe Barn team.

James has served on many trustee boards over the years including: Emmaus, Red Balloon Learner Centre, Hundred Houses Society and Denny Abbey Farmland Museum.

To learn more about the Tithe Barn visit

Champion for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)IWF

The IWF are the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content including; Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world, Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK and Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

James was the first Councillor to be one of the IWF Champions’ – joining Parliamentarians and MEPs in public support of the Internet Watch Foundation to help raise awareness of where to report online child sexual abuse, and the IWF vision of eliminating this type of online content.