ERW Lead Chief Executive
Mark James was born in Merthyr Tydfil. He has over 35 years experience in Local Government and has worked at the heart of Government in Westminster, when he represented the 33 London Boroughs to Government. He also worked for the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Barnet before moving to Boston in Lincolnshire where he became Chief Executive.
Mark has a reputation of turning round large organisations and delivering highly successful regeneration schemes. These have included two sports stadia, athletic tracks, swimming pools, shopping centres, office developments, multiplex cinemas, theatres and conference centres to name a few.
Mark has an honours degree and masters degree in law, together with a postgraduate diploma in public administration. He is a keen sportsman and still trains regularly and even competes occasionally.
In 2007, Mark won the accolade of “Welsh Public Sector Leader of the Year”. Under his direction, Carmarthenshire has become one of the best performing and most highly regarded Councils in Wales.
With 9,500 staff, an annual turnover of £570M a year and a huge capital programme of nearly £100M a year the Council is very big business. The £330M schools investment programme has seen many new schools built in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford.
The £240M housing programme has seen hundreds of local people employed to bring the Council’s 9,000 houses up to modern standards and the 5 year regeneration and leisure programme has seen huge investment in business, sports and leisure across the County of Carmarthenshire.
Mark is involved in a number of National Boards, including the 21st Century Schools Board. He is the National Lead on Education in Wales for Solace and is also Regional Lead Chief Executive for School Improvement in the South West and Mid Wales, advising the Regional Consortia Joint Committee. Mark is also a non-executive Director of the Welsh Government.
In 2012 New Year’s Honours, Mark was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty, the Queen, in recognition of his services to local government.