James trained as a doctor in Zimbabwe, and after working in several hospital and general practice posts in Africa, moved to England. He worked as a junior doctor in several hospitals before joining a large partnership as a GP in Reading and Wokingham.
He worked in the NHS for twenty five years, and has experience in general medicine and surgery, occupational medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, dermatology, diabetic care, and palliative care.
He has higher qualifications in general practice, health economics, health care policy and management. He has studied at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
James enjoys oil painting in his spare time, in a rapid style. He has had solo and joint exhibitions in Reading and the south of France.
James is married with three grown children; an artist, a research manager, and a cinematographer.