Independent Director (B.Com, Management; Post Graduate Diploma in International Development)
James is an experienced commercial and investment professional with a passion for seeing change across our society. For the past ten years he has been a Director of Gemelli Consulting, providing project finance and commercial strategy advice with a particular focus on supporting social enterprises and not-for-profit agencies to unlock opportunities. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of YMCA Christchurch, was previously the Director of Development for Development Christchurch Ltd., and worked for over four years with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Prior to joining CERA in March 2012 his primary focus was in infrastructure finance, both in New Zealand with PwC and in developing countries with Ridgway Capital Projects, working with the World Bank, ADB and UNDP. This work involved providing investment advisory, project financial modelling, tariff review and technical training/capacity building services to public and private sector clients. James and his family attend Christchurch City Elim Church.