Solution Architect, AWS
Even before graduating from the University of Western Australia having studied Computer Science and French, James had already become the chief webmaster of UWA. Moving into Finance in 2000, he ran the majority of the online sharetrading web sites in Australia with Hartley Poynton/JDV (now known as Commsec Advisor Services). At this time he also became one of the global volunteers for the Debian GNU/Linux project.
In 2003 James ran the Australian national Linux conference (Linux.conf.au), and then moved to London where he worked for Canon Europe running what was, at the time, the largest online photo archive in Europe. After several years he moved to online advertising platform Vibrant Media as IT Operations Director, a platform he engineered the operations for which would see 49% of US eyes each month.
He returned to Perth in 2010, consulting for US and Australian based firms for several years, until joining Amazon Web Services and opening the Perth office in mid 2012.
Since then, James has become the official maintainer of Debian images on the Amazon Cloud in his joint role as a Debian Developer (after some 14 years), and as a Solution Architect for AWS.