James leads the External Benchmarks team at The University of Sydney, where his focus is on coordinating analytics and reporting within the research portfolio. He partners with faculties, schools, centres and multi-disciplinary initiatives to help them understand the impact of global research trends, identify collaborative opportunities and drive a culture of evidence-based decision making. James has worked within the tertiary education sector for over a decade and has a background in both business intelligence and strategic planning. In previous roles, he developed comprehensive reporting platforms for diverse audiences and provided advice on a broad spectrum of proposals, including the merger of two prominent faculties and the establishment of an international pathway college. He holds a first-class honours degree in computer science with majors in algorithms and quantum computing.