James was appointed to the Board in January 2017 and became Chairman in April 2020.
Raised in Dartmouth, James enjoyed a successful career in the Royal Navy, that included a tour on the staff at BRNC, and has always been a local resident. After five years as a professional yacht skipper operating out of Dartmouth and the Caribbean, with several ocean passages in the log, he has held office both at the RDYC and at the DSC (as Commodore) as well heading up the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee. A Board member since 2016, he became the Chairman in 2020. James remains an active sailor and owns a Phantom dinghy.