James is Director of Leadership at Inspire Group, an award winning international learning design company founded in New Zealand and now operating globally. He has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As a CEO, he has led organisations in the UK and New Zealand, and was formerly Community Director for the City of London.

James leads on the scaling of Inspire’s development teams and product innovations through growing its brand presence and client base globally.

Through this work, James has seen first-hand that one of the biggest influences on our health, happiness and wellbeing is where most of us will spend around 10,000 days of our lives: work.

And what has the biggest impact on the quality of that experience? The leadership we experience, and practice.

But what is great leadership? Why is it so complicated? And why does the leadership development ‘industry’ often do such a poor job of developing great leaders, and promoting wellbeing?

Drawing on his own global leadership journey, research and stories, and Inspire’s award winning track record, James advocates for a simpler approach- and explains why focusing on being, and not doing, is what really makes a difference.

James has spoken at numerous conferences across five continents- including keynotes in New Zealand, the UK, Scandinavia, Malaysia and South Africa, and as special advisor on non-profit leadership at a major New York City conference hosted by Michael Bloomberg

James has a passion for the non-profit sector, and maintains this through his current trustee and Chair roles at Skylight NZ.

James McCulloch