James Thomas, Head of Small and medium-sized enterprises

James is responsible for sourcing opportunities with new and existing industry partners across a range of sectors. He also manages pastoral support as part of the talent development function of the university. Additionally, he leads lectures and seminars on our Entrepreneurship modules and designs and delivers modules that give our students the chance to get involved with real-life social and commercial entrepreneurship projects in the UK and India. He's passionate about practical learning which lets students put their academic knowledge into practice from the word go, making sure they graduate with the right skills for the workplace.James has a LLB Law degree from BPP University and is currently completing a Masters degree in International Human Resource Management and Employment Relations from Queen Mary University of London.

He worked in a leading city law firm before co-founding Pave, an internship company that gives students and graduates the opportunity to intern in India within a range of industry sectors. Pave has been recognised for its commitment to the personal and professional development of young adults and cross-cultural practice and won Barclays' national socialenterprise competition in 2013.James has over five years' experience in social entrepreneurship, having implemented and run several social enterprise projects, both locally and internationally. He is also a concert pianist who has performed at notable venues in the UK and abroad, including the Royal Albert Hall and Hong Kong City Hall.