Chief Executive Officer
Former Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Welsh Government, James was appointed as TfW’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 after acting as Chair during the start-up phase.
James originally started his career in civil engineering contracting. A professional economist, he has worked across the UK with the Welsh Government, UK Government and with government-owned agencies in Wales and England.
Until the end of 2017 he was also the Additional Accounting Officer for Economy, Transport, Skills and Natural Resources, leading a team of around 2,500 civil servants.
James has had responsibility for infrastructure delivery for the Welsh Government since 2007, firstly as Director of Transport and then as director general and Deputy Permanent Secretary. He is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of TfW and the proper stewardship of public funds. James is also the Chair of Transport for Wales Rail Ltd and a Director of Pullman Rail Ltd.