James joined the Board in 2014 and has been the Chair since 2015. He is of Ngāti Porou descent and was Chief Executive of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby from 2011 to 2015. His experience includes time with New Zealand Post as a Marketing and Commercial Director, as National Retail Manager for Hallensteins, and for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa as General Manager Māori. He is currently the Kaiwhakahaere Mātua (CEO) for Ngāti Toa-owned Te Āhuru Mōwai, the largest Māori Community Housing provider in Aotearoa with almost 1000 homes under management. James is also a Director of Switched On Group, and on the Governance Council for Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.