James graduated with a BA (Hons) from Demontfort University in 1988 and after working for in the Design field in Ireland, UK and Spain). In 1994 after completing a PGCE at Goldsmith’s College, London James qualified as a teacher and has worked in education since, including 22 years in international education in Spain, Japan, Kuwait as well as leading several schools in China over the last 8 years. His most recent role was Head of School at Changchun American International School.
James is highly passionate about international education and has obtained post graduate Masters degrees in Education from both the University of Oxford and the University of Bath, as well as multiple courses with the IBO, the Principals Training Centre and the Harvard School of Education amongst others. He has also been actively involved with international educational organizations, including experience of international school accreditation by serving on CIS and NEASC Visiting Teams and as Head of School. His previous school received a highly positive report with many commendations for the Pre Evaluation. James has also worked for the IBO as an IB Diploma Examiner and Moderator when he was Director of The Arts at Yokohama International School.
James met his wife who is Chinese whilst in Japan. Xuxia is also a teacher and they have two Primary-aged children, a son and daughter, who are fully bilingual and will also be joining NKCS. James is a strong believer in a holistic education experience that allows students to develop an appropriate range of soft skills to successfully mature and grow emotionally, socially as well as academically. Throughout the years he has remained a keen proponent of the Arts and he also has continued to use his own creative talents by contributing to designs for schools over the years for facilities, websites, merchandising and publications, as well as designing and organizing major events. A keen footballer and snowboarder until several years ago, injuries led James to switch to change his routine and his past time are working-out and baking.
James and his family are all very excited to join the community at NKCS Wuxi.