James has 20 years of experience in child protection, out of home care, youth mental health and adoption in both Australia and the United Kingdom. His passion lies in family preservation, good quality care and ensuring a positive engaging workplace culture for everyone to thrive in.
James holds an Masters in Social Work and an Honours Degree in Social Policy & Criminology. His area of interests also extends to achieving positive mental health for children and young people and attachment – the relationship children and young people have with their parents and carers. James’ interest in youth mental health was sparked by his work as Service Manager for headspace Bondi Junction; a hugely successful service supporting over 1200 young people in 2019. His ongoing commitment to young people and families is demonstrated in the success of his previous work at The Benevolent Society and headspace Bondi Junction. Inspiring leadership, change management and cultivating creativity and innovative service delivery are his key strengths as well as his passion for maintaining great outcomes for young people and families.
James is the Principal Officer for Key Assets NSW, holding responsibility under the Children & Young Persons (Care & Protection) Act 1998 for the care of children and young people in Key Assets programs. He is also a registered Justice of the Peace for NSW.