James worked in Parliament, CCHQ and the NHS prior to joining the Army. He served as an Officer for approximately six and half years before moving abroad and working for a short period in Dubai and Iraq. On his return he set up his own consulting firm.

A year later after a brief stint at Amazon, James was asked to become the Director of Communications for International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), a legal charity dedicated to providing pro bono legal advice to developing country governments, civil society organisations and NGOs.

James returned to Westminster in October 2018, advising political and business clients on campaigning. Since February 2020 James currently works in Parliament, provides business development consultancy for a social media company and runs a small property development company. He is also the Executive Director of Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and is active in the London Regiment, the Army Reserve. He has provided business and management consultancy to large multi nationals, executives in the rail and finance industry and regularly speaks on panels and at conferences.