James was born in the Scotland, and raised across multiple continents, living in the UK, China, UAE & US. During his high school years, he also took part in exchanges in Germany & France, to further embrace his love for greater cultural & language understanding.
During his early career, James built and led teams that focused on interest rate derivatives. Having worked in financial markets and specialized in derivative products for emerging markets, the transition to innovative fintech solutions for the underserved small businesses, was a natural move and an exciting challenge.
Over James’ last six years with SumUp, he has focused on empowering international cross location teams with expertise in cultural understanding, people leadership, and payments. Joining through the merger with Payleven, he has not only built SumUp’s global ISV business but also grew teams of experts and specialists that drive SumUp’s sales and partnership channels. DHL, UPS, FreeNow, Ford & Treatwell are just a few of the strategic partnerships that James and his team have secured.
James is passionate about enabling small business success, ensuring Diversity and Inclusion, People Management & Development always remain at the heart of his values. When not defining and driving SumUp acquisition and growth strategies to enable small business success, you can find James skiing Austrian slopes or traveling around the world to learn and experience different cultures through phenomenal food. He also enjoys keeping active and mentally healthy, competing in running & cycling events throughout his journey.