James enjoyed an eight year career as a professional cyclist, travelling throughout the World and living and racing in France at Elite level – twice being UK National champion. After retiring, he embarked on a change of direction and believed the competitive nature of the property market would suit him well. Working for one of Manchester’s leading independent letting and property management specialists he excelled at negotiation and rose quickly to senior level. Whilst working full time he also studied an RICS accredited degree over five years in Property Management and Investment which gave him a deep understanding of the industry and a more balanced view. With the UK severely depressed due to the Global economic recession, he decided to move to Dubai buoyed by the positive market. Working for one of the larger brokers, James quickly gained respect by surpassing many targets within the company and again rose to a senior position enjoying a large amount of success and the ‘Director’s Choice’ at the annual awards. At haus & haus, James’ believes his passion for his staff, pro – active management style, sharp eye for detail and a ‘can – do’ work ethic has resulted in both the respect and loyalty of his team.