James delivers Ancala’s active asset management, working with management teams to create and progress their business plans.

He joined Ancala in 2020 and has more than 15 years’ experience in infrastructure. James sits on the boards of portfolio companies and has particular expertise within corporate restructuring and integration.  

Before joining Ancala, James spent six years at Kier Group, initially as Head of Risk and Internal Audit, and subsequently as Head of Corporate Finance. James worked on the acquisitions of Mouchel and McNicholas, and the divestments of Mouchel’s Consulting, Australia, and Pensions businesses.  

Previously, he spent six years at Balfour Beatty as Group Financial Controller and across the UK construction division in the building, civil engineering, and manufacturing and engineering sectors.  Subsequently, as Divisional Finance Director in Balfour Beatty Workplace, James led the integration of the acquired Energy Services business and an ERP implementation, as well as the contract extension of the largest customer in the Business Services division. 

James is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), having trained at KPMG, and holds an MA in Modern Languages and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge. 

Senior Leadership

Investment and Asset Management

Business Specialists 

Operations