A third-generation fisherman, James has been primarily involved in the cultivation of bivalve shellfish in the UK for 25 years. James became a ministerial appointee to Seafish in 2008, the UK seafood industry levy body before joining the Wales Food and Drink Industry Board in 2016.
James is chair of the Seafish Wales Advisory Committee, a body comprised of members of the seafood industry across the supply chain, which works alongside Welsh Government to achieve agreed growth targets. James is also currently a Director of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain and a former Chair of its Mollusc committee.
James has a particular interest, beyond that of growing mussels, in strengthening the links between the fisheries and aquaculture industry in Wales and Universities and other research providers. Through improving these links, James seeks to provide better scientific evidence to underpin the basis of these two marine food production sectors and also to articulate their potential.
Consultancies and/or direct employment
- Director of Deepdock Ltd
- Director of Mon Shellfish Ltd
- Director of Bangor Mussels Producers Ltd
- Director of Menai Strait Fishery Order Management Association
- Board member of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain
- Director of Whannock Marine Research Ltd
- Chair of the Seafish Wales Advisory Committee
Clubs and other organisations
Other personal interests
Land and property
Other public appointments
Other non-personal interests