Director & Head of Office
James established Whatley Lane’s boutique Bury St. Edmunds office, located at the heart of the town.
Notable achievements include the sale of The Northgate Boutique Hotel and Sir John Soane and James Oakes blue plaque Georgian gem on Guildhall Street – arguably one of the finest townhouses in Bury.
He has also developed a robust lettings portfolio of high-end buy-to-let properties, while concluding various country house sales in the West Suffolk area.
Prior to joining Whatley Lane, James worked for several luxury brands in the UK and Europe. He also worked as a commercial property analyst for an Islamic investment bank in the City and was a sales and lettings manager at an independent agency in the fast-paced London Docklands residential and corporate relocation markets.
Following his BA History of Art at the University of East Anglia, focused in architecture and the evolution of the English Country House, James achieved a RICS accredited MSc in International Real Estate at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester which included an exchange programme at the National University of Singapore, working in asset management at Colliers International.
James, is a true pioneer in matters of sustainability and was responsible for the business commitment now embedded into the fabric of their operations. This tree planting mission of mangroves in Madagascar is a bid to restore Mother Nature with proceeds from each successful property transaction.
Outside of work, James has a passion for country pursuits, wine harvesting, marathon running, art and architecture. Also a foodie and cooks a wicked steak; receiving the prize in Bury St. Edmunds 2017 episode of the acclaimed TV series Come Dine With Me and was once under the guise of a graffiti artist on Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning series Faking It.
Passionate about Property