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James leads the national ASB Rural Corporate team who manage the Bank's complex farming businesses from large scale family farms to institutional borrowers. The Rural Corporate team is based across 9 offices from Invercargill to Auckland and includes a specialised team of highly skilled and experienced bankers.
Originally from a farming background in the Waikato, James started his banking career with the ASB Graduate program in 1998, before heading overseas, and then eventually returning to banking. In 2009 he moved to Australia where he most recently lead a team of rural and commercial bankers in Victoria with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, before returning to New Zealand in Oct'18 to his current role.
He is passionate about family, the outdoors and also the agricultural sector. His experience in working across the New Zealand and Australian banking industries has given him a strong appreciation of the trends shaping the rural sector.