James joined E4Tech having completed an MBA at Henley Business School. Prior to this, he spent 10 years working at Green Biologics (GBL), a sustainable biochemical company focused on the production of bio-butanol and bio-acetone using bacterial fermentations. Most recently at GBL, James was the Head of the Process Development Group with responsibility for a multidisciplinary team of scientists based in the UK and US. As part of this role he was heavily involved in the commissioning of GBL’s US based production facility, with responsibility for technology transfer and laboratory operations. James held several other roles within GBL, including Head of Projects, and spent time in the laboratory as a Senior Scientist. As a Project Manager James successfully delivered a number of industrial collaborations and led several European and Innovate UK R&D grant projects covering a range of scientific disciplines.
James has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Warwick where he studied the genetics of bacteria used in biomining. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Virology from the University of Warwick. As part of his undergraduate course James spent a year working in Switzerland in the microbiology group of Omya, investigating microbial contaminates of calcium carbonate slurries.