(Colonel) The Hon. James Ramsbotham D.L.

James Ramsbotham is Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber celebrated 200 years of championing business in the North East in 2015. It has almost 3,000 members and delivers a range of business membership services, especially international trade advice.

He served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Darlington Building Society for nearly twelve years and retired in December 2017 after four years as Chairman.

Previously James was Vice Chairman of the Esh Group – the award winning North East construction group. Prior to that, he spent 14 years Corporate Banking in Barclays Bank plc (throughout the UK), latterly as Marketing Director. He had 12 years soldiering in the Royal Green Jackets (throughout the world) and benefitted from executive education at Harvard (USA), INSEAD (France), and Oxford University after graduating from Durham University.

He is Honorary Colonel for The Rifles in the North of England, Chair of Trustees for the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Trustee for The Foundation of Light (SAFC) and a Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Durham. He also gives time to Durham Cathedral, Sunderland University, and a number of other charitable organisations.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Sunderland University in 2016 and made an Honorary Fellow of the Association of International Accountants (FAIA Hon.) in 2017. In 2018 he was appointed Chair of Trustees for Changing Lives.

James and his wife, Carolyn, have two adult children and live in the Durham Dales. His wife is involved with a range of event management and tourism related activities across the region. They enjoy sailing, skiing and all outdoor country pursuits.

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