James is the leader of The Cooperative Trust, a grassroots community of young people who work in credit unions and cooperatives founded by Filene. He focuses on bringing sustainability and longevity of the Trust as well as increasing its profile as it moves into the next stages of development.
Before joining Filene and the Trust, James was the Marketing Manager at Plane Saver Credit Union in London, one of the largest credit unions in the UK. He worked on a variety of projects and campaigns based on increasing the membership base of the credit union and loan application targets. Specializing in branding, social media, and marketing strategies, James successfully used these mediums to aid in reaching the company’s membership recruitment and lending loan targets consistently over the past three years.
As an active member of The Cooperative Trust, James Crashed the GAC in 2013 and was a finalist for the Credit Union Foundation's Tracy Slane Award. He graduated from St. Mary's University College of the University of Surrey with an Upper Second Class Honors in Management Studies. Currently studying for an MA in Marketing at Durham University, James is also looking to graduate and then go on to gain Associate status at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM status).
In his spare time, James has been spotted rowing crew on the Thames for Twickenham Rowing Club as well as playing drums for his band at some of London’s most recognizable and established music venues.