James was born in 1979, in Farnham, Surrey, to David who was involved in the shipping industry all his life and he is now happily retired and Kathie, a former bank clerk, though now an overworked housewife, mother and grandmother.
Professionally James works as a Sales and Marketing Director in the overseas property industry which involves long hours and extensive traveling. As a young boy with his mother and father in the garden being paid a paltry sum to dig up the weeds started to pay off later in life as James is a keen gardener and this is where his interest in bees started. Concerned about the plight of the humble honey bee James underwent extensive training to become a beekeeper and help the many other beekeepers dotted around the UK in the efforts to bolster bee numbers that were sadly decreasing at a rapid rate.
James is now a regular contributor to magazines such as the Ecologist, not to mention his blog www.surreybeekeeper.co.uk, with a large, vocal and loyal following. James also runs the world’s largest fan page for beekeeping with near 2,500 beekeepers from all over the world and growing by the day www.facebook.com/beginnerbeekeepers.
Outside of all of his property, gardening and bee interests James is married to the very patient Jo and they have two fabulous little boys together Sebastian and Edward who will soon be put to work digging for weeds to earn their pocket money.