James came to St Bride’s on a three-month contract in September 1991, his task being to re-organise the church’s accounts. Prior to this, he had worked as a trainee accountant at a nearby firm and was intrigued by the church’s campaign to release the journalist John McCarthy from captivity in Lebanon.
James was keen to stay on at St Bride’s and augmented the financial work with cleaning and administrative duties until becoming Administrator in 1995.
Since then, his role has expanded greatly to include revenue and capital fundraising, preparing and delivering high-profile memorial services, carol services and concerts, dealing with charity governance and liaison with our media and corporate supporters.
Although finance is at the heart of James’ work, the most rewarding part of his job has always been the human side. He has held a number of his life event services at St Bride’s and has found the church to be a source of great support over the years.