James Darley

James has been working in Graduate Recruitment for over 18 years and is recognized by his colleagues and industry as one of the most significant leaders in the sector.

James has been part of the Senior Leadership of Teach First from the very early days and for 13 seasons headed up their Graduate Recruitment Division. During that time he recruited over 10,000 graduates, delivered over 900% growth and was honoured with the Founding Ambassador status having significantly supported the charities development and significance in the sector.

In late 2016 James spotted an opportunity to add more value to societal injustice by setting up the charity ‘Transform’ to represent all 5 programmes recruiting top talent into the most needed jobs in society (Teach First, Frontline, Police Now, Think Ahead & Unlocked).

He joined Teach First in 2004 from Credit Suisse where he was the European Head of Graduate Recruitment.

Before this he took a year off to travel around the world and fulfilled life-long ambitions including swimming with wild dolphins, hiking along the Great Wall of China and sailing up the Amazon!

James is the Chair of the Board of Police Now, a founding Trustee of Frontline, Think Ahead & Unlocked, and an advisory board member of The Springboard Bursary Foundation. James also supports a number of university employer/career services including Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester.