James has been a practising Vet since graduating in 2002 from RVC. In 2005 he undertook a post graduate diploma in Production Animal and Livestock medicine from the RVC. His interest in biosecurity has developed with his observation of FMDV in 2001 and subsequent bluetongue incursions, as well as his work on bTB. This began with a lecture tour of the Midlands in 2008 discussing aspects of TB biosecurity and has developed during the time James is was the BCVA representative for matters surrounding bTB. He sat on the defra body TB Eradication Advisory Group (TBEAG), as well as being a board member for CHeCS. Prior to Covid, this understanding was put into practice daily as he works for the TB Advisory Service (TBAS) making bespoke recommendations on farm to reduce the risk of TB. As BVA president, James is overseeing the roll out of the BVA TB strategy document released in summer 2020.