James spent his formative years in rural Suffolk where a weather book given to him by his primary school teacher sparked a keen interest in weather. Summer thunderstorms and winter snow events furthered this keen interest in all things meteorological. A graduate from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, where his final year dissertation focussed on compiling a climatology of Mesoscale Convective Systems (clusters of thunderstorms) with a desire to aid forecasting these potentially severe phenomena. After graduating, James joined Weatherquest as a Meteorologist in 2003. Since then, his meteorological career has taken him to London, and much further afield to Melbourne. These roles had James issuing a range of severe weather warnings, from wind warnings in Tasmania to cyclone warnings in Queensland, prior to his return to Norfolk and Weatherquest in 2016.
When not forecasting the weather in various parts of the globe, James likes to spend his time getting outdoors as much as possible, whether walking, running or cycling. He also likes spending time in Norwich catching up with family and friends over a good coffee, or beer (or both). He still likes to travel when he can and is an avid supporter of the Saint Kilda Football Club in Australian Rules Football.