Councillor - East Ward
Phone: 07 974 0506
Mobile: 027 808 5173
James is in his first term on Council, standing as a candidate with a desire to be part of a growing and progressive city.
He has an extensive professional history in policing and security. He served 26 years with New Zealand Police, including four years as the officer in charge of the Hamilton North Community Policing Centre. Immediately prior to entering Council he was working for Immigration New Zealand in compliance and investigations.
James' Police career also took him overseas, to peacekeeping roles in a range of locations including Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. He is also a trained diplomatic protection officer and has protected several New Zealand Prime Ministers and the likes of the Sultan of Brunei, Rod Stewart, Rachel Hunter and Nelson Mandela.
He previously sat on the Board of Trustees for St Johns College in Hamilton, chairing its Property and Pastoral Care committees, which was his introduction to governance roles. He has also been on the committee for the Hamilton Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club.
His professional and work experience motivates a particular enthusiasm for addressing some of the city's social issues, such as vagrancy, crime and disorder, and he is keen to see the regeneration of the central city.
James is married to Debbie and between them they have six children, one of whom is currently serving in the New Zealand Army and another with the New Zealand Police. He still plays lower-grade rugby for Hamilton Suburbs Sports Club and also enjoys gym workouts and walking and cycling with Debbie along the city's river paths.
"I'm not a shrinking violet. If I identify something that is wrong I will speak up. I think if changes can be made for the betterment of the city within budget, then changes should be made."