“The discipline and open thinking instilled in me from a young age has been irreplaceable.”
Meet James Williams
Tell us a bit about what you’re doing now
“I fell into the world of Telecommunications and Security 20 years ago and have been there ever since.
I focus on the Business Development side of things, finding access to markets globally for innovative, new solutions. I am also the President of both the Old Bradfordians’ Association and OB London Club and I like to keep involved with the School.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
“No individual achievement stands out but I’ve had fantastic experiences travelling the globe for over 20 years.
How did you get to where you are today?
“Definitely not by design! I imagined my future self being in a totally different place to where I am now.
The opportunities presented to me at the beginning of my career led me to the place where I am today.”
What are your fondest memories of Bradford Grammar School?
“Lunches on a Tuesday and inspirational teaching by Stephen Taylor (English), Graham Butler (French), Tony Lumb (German) and Tony Kingham (Spanish).
How did Bradford Grammar School prepare you for further study/your career?
“On a practical level, little of what I actually studied at Bradford Grammar School is relevant in what I do today.
The discipline and open thinking instilled into me from a young age has been irreplaceable.
What advice would you give to current pupils at Bradford Grammar School?
“If you know exactly what you want to do and where you want to be, go for it.
Accept advice and offers of help graciously and start building a network of contacts at the earliest opportunity. Remember though, life does throw some curve balls, so never dismiss anything out of hand.
“Accept advice and offers of help graciously and start building a network of contacts at the earliest opportunity.”