Jamie was born in Derbyshire; his passion for art, design and luxury brands became pillars of what would be an incredible and swiftly ascended future career.
His interests initially aligned with a career as an Architect, and he went on to attain his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Nottingham University. Having graduated he relocated to London in the thick of the financial recession working for a number of design practices.
At that time the architecture and design industry was fighting to survive, and after much thought, he decided to take a career turn into Finance and joined Deloitte London. He worked in Advisory for 5 years, whilst studying his Chartered Accountancy, with a client portfolio spanning Luxury Goods to Real Estate. It was here where he witnessed LGBTQ+ Deloitte Partners leading international divisions, that he found the courage to come out as gay.
He eventually made the decision to leave the corporate world, to co-found a luxury apparel start-up targeted at the ever-growing Indian Bridal market, relocating to Mumbai, India. Designing, sampling, producing, selling, marketing and fund-raising a new business was his real-life MBA, which needed a capital fund raise that he was unable to secure in 2015.
He moved back to London to join a family office fund looking at growing a portfolio of British luxury brands, which at the time included ROKSANDA, where he joined the Board. His role was focused on originating new opportunities, due diligence, business planning, growth strategies and modelling returns. Simultaneously, he mentored emerging Designers through the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust; supporting with a financial, strategic and merchandising Skill-set.
In March 2018, at the age of 30, he was asked to take over as CEO of ROKSANDA. During his 2.5 year tenure so far, he has focused on: restructuring the business, delivering a number of improved business metrics, as well as launching a global collaboration with Lululemon and continuing to scale the brand.
In September 2020, Jamie joins the Executive Board of the British Fashion Council to support the re-set of the Council’s cause within the industry. The role builds on Jamie’s passion for mentorship and championing emerging British brands on an international level.