James joined Stonehaven in 2011 as a Partner and head of the Financial Officers Practice and the Professional Services Practice. Having started his recruitment career in 1998, James worked for both a FTSE 100 agency and a listed, global recruitment firm before being approached to join Imprint/ WoodHamill, a start-up search and selection business. Here, James played a key role in the development of their Financial Services Practice, leading and executing a broad range of searches within Finance across such disciplines as Regulatory Control, Valuations and Business Unit Control as well as Group Finance within a diverse portfolio of clients that included Universal Banks, Retail Banks, Institutional Asset Managers, Hedge Funds and Private Equity backed businesses.
In 2007, James left WoodHamill and founded Pemberton Partners, with three former colleagues. Here, he continued his work within Financial Services Infrastructure leading senior level search assignments within Finance, Risk, Technology and Operations in all major financial centres through the firms’ local presence in London, Dubai, Cape Town and Mumbai.
He has advised a diverse range of businesses from complex, global organisations through to small privately held firms across a range of sectors including Financial Services, Professional Services, Consumer Goods and Retail, and Industrial.
James holds a BSc (Hons) in Valuation and Estate Management from UWE, Bristol.