Meningitis Now Trustee James Sutherland

James is currently in the middle of completing an A-Z of UK Half Marathons

James Sutherland


James Sutherland is a generalist senior manager with a governance specialism.

James currently leads the Governance Services team at Cardiff University and before this spent 17 years in financial services working for major global insurers. Whilst most of this time was spent in Governance and Compliance roles, he has held roles in functions as diverse as HR and Strategy & Planning. Much of James’s career has been spent creating governance functions, supporting business re-organisations and managing various governance-related change programmes.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Politics from Warwick and was awarded his MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University in 2016.

Originally from the South East, he lives just outside Bristol with his wife (Nicola) and three children (Chloe, 12; Theo, 11 & Esme 8). In his spare time he likes to run with his fellow Fat Dads and is currently in the middle of completing an A-Z of UK Half Marathons.

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    Stephen Gazard


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    Rod Adlington


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