James is the Founder/Director of Young Voices Heard and is the principle consultant, trainer and mentor.

Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the British Youth Council 2008-2016, which also manages the UK Youth Parliament, working in partnership with national and local government across the UK.

His interest in empowering young people as active citizens has developed from a career spanning youth work, juvenile justice and social work (qualified Social Worker/Probation Officer). This progressed to training, management and international development, working for several national charities including the National Children’s Bureau and the Prince’s Trust.

He is strong advocate of youth-voice, campaigning in support of their right to be heard. He also promotes youth volunteering and is a subject specialist on mentoring and currently volunteers for the #iwill youth social action campaign coaching youth-led start-ups and campaigns, and he is a member and essay-judge for the Royal Commonwealth Society. He is an Ambassador of the British Citizens Awards and Trustee of the charity Young Citizens.

Born in Northern Ireland, educated at Durham/Southampton universities, but now living in Kent, James likes music, flying, travelling and tweeting as editor of @YVH_YouthVoice and @JamesCatChats.