HEFCW Council member biography
Appointment: 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2020
Born on the Gower and graduating in Mech Eng from University of Wales, Swansea, James joined Rover Group’s component plant in Llanelli (now called CalsonicKansei) in 1989. He remained in Research & Development until 2006, adding Sales & Marketing (2001) for CK’s Europe Business. In 2006 he was appointed Head for CalsonicKansei Europe (plc) covering UK, Europe and Russia (turnover of £700m in Cockpit and Powertrain systems). From 2011 he was appointed the first non-Japanese Corporate Officer of Calsonic Kansei Corporation, based in Europe and Japan. His last role was SVP of HE Business and Head of Global Sales ($10bn turnover) in Japan.
In April 2017 he became Executive Chair of Industry Wales, to bring the Voice of Industry to Welsh Government. Industry Wales is also the umbrella body of ESTnet, WAF and AFW.
An Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, he also previously sat on advisory bodies for Autocouncil, universities and the Board of SMMT.
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