James has over 40 years’ experience in the fast-moving retail industry, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Poundland Group plc (‘Poundland’), a single price retailer. He retired in July 2016, after 10 years service having joined in August 2006. During his tenure, Poundland’s sales grew from £300 m to £1.3 bn per annum, increasing the number of stores from 150 to over 900. The business was floated on the London Stock Exchange in March 2014 and was acquired by Steinhoff International in September 2016. Prior to joining Poundland, James was Managing Director of Convenience at J Sainsbury plc and was a member of the operating, retail and investment boards. His experience includes 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of T&S Stores plc, operating over 1200 stores and sold to Tesco plc in 2003, as well as holding the positions of Managing Director of Neighbourhood Retailing (part of Next plc) and Managing Director of Birmingham Post & Mail Limited’s retail estate. James is currently also Non-Executive Chairman at Wynnstay Group plc and Non-Executive Chairman of Crawshaw Group plc.