James has been working in the fields of non-profit strategy, marketing, fundraising, brand management and community development for the past 20 years. His studies encompass a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Swinburne University and international fundraising accreditation through CFRE.
In 2015, James founded strategic marketing group Garland Blanchard and now spends the majority of his working life advising and supporting non-profit organisations on strategic fundraising, government and donor engagement and program development.
James has delivered strategies and campaigns for world-leading non-profits including: World Vision, FightMND, Aspergers Victoria, Plan International, G.E.S.A., the Burnet Institute, FunFlight and The Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation. James has held a number of executive leadership positions across both the commercial and non-government sectors, including at global development organisation Save the Children, Able Australia Disability Services and more recently as CEO of Melbourne-based non-profit Australian Prostate Cancer Research.
James is the Chairman of the Fundraising Institute Australia and has a number of other voluntary positions within his local community including as a CFA firefighter.