James trained in Drama and Theatre Arts (specialising in Directing) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and began his career as a theatre producer with shows at The Bush Theatre and The Traverse Theatre. He has worked in dance since 2006 as Communications and Development Director at Dance Base (Edinburgh), Communications Manager at Dance City (Newcastle), board member of Indepen-dance (Glasgow) and National Project Manager for the Get Scotland Dancing initiative (part of the Culture 2014 programme in Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games).


James joined the board of Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2011 and started working with Rosie in 2014, becoming Executive Director in 2016. Rosie Kay Dance Company is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Associate of Birmingham Hippodrome and an Independent Theatre Council Ethical Manager.
James lives in Edinburgh with his broadcaster husband and primary school age son.


“I’m delighted to be joining PiPA as Treasurer. PiPA is an important, dynamic and inclusive organisation that has already made great progress in its campaign for parents and carers in our industry. I look forward to helping to widen its reach over the coming years to promote the value of parents and carers in the arts to even more people.”