As well as enhancing performances at Team Sky, James also sits on the Performance Nutrition Advisory group to the Football Association (FA) as well as directing nutrition related research projects for the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, James has been based in Liverpool for over 10 years and is now a Reader in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). As an early career researcher, he was awarded with Young Investigator Awards from both the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (2007) and the European College of Sport Science (2006). James’ specific research interests focus on the molecular and cellular responses of human skeletal muscle to acute and chronic exercise and the impact of diet and nutrition on modulating these responses.
To date, he has authored over 70 research publications in the fields of sports nutrition, physiology and metabolism as well as numerous book chapters on these topics. Since 2010, he has been the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC and also specializes in providing nutritional and conditioning support to a range of professional boxers (at British, European and World Title Level). In January 2015, James also adopted the role of Team Nutritionist for Team Sky. He is a regular invited keynote speaker to many national and international academic conferences in sport science as well as providing keynote addresses to a range of sporting organizations related to football, rowing, cycling, horse-racing and combat sports.