James has over 25 years’ art-related experience primarily in regional WA. Previous positions include; Inaugural Manager of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery (1993 – 1995), Director of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (1995 – 2002) and Director of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery (2008 – 2016).  He holds a Fine Arts degree from Curtin University and along with being a practising visual artist, actor and musician James has also taught drawing and painting privately as well as part of the TAFE system. In late 2016  the management of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery came under the control of the City of Greater Geraldton local government authority. As a result James accepted an offer from the Art Gallery of WA to return to Perth where he took up his new role as the Acting Director, Exhibitions and Collections in January 2017. James maintains his passion for regional arts and is an inaugural member of the newly formed Galleries West – the WA Regional Arts Association.