James is the Principal of Sarum College, an ecumenical centre for Christian study and research, based in Salisbury.

His interests in pastoral and practical theology, reflective ministry, pastoral care and counselling, the health and social care of older people, spirituality and ageing, death and dying, have been shaped by the diversity of contexts within which he has worked.

During his career, he has been involved in pastoral work with people at various stages of their living and dying; health and social care in acute and primary care settings; organisational development; theological education and inter-professional collaboration on ethics.