James joined Independent Living Movement Ireland in 2018. He graduated with a BA in Business and Geography and a Professional Masters of Education at Maynooth University. Previous to his role with ILMI James was a secondary school teacher and has done research on disability issues on a National and European level. He is a board member of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and facilitates on the disability studies course at Maynooth University. James is a leader of his Personal Assistance Service (PAS) which allows him to live an independent life of choice, dignity and respect.