Chief Operating Officer

James Preston is an experienced operational leader within the youth sector, with 10 years of experience delivering national government-funded youth contracts. Prior to this, James worked at an international university leading on the accreditation of their courses to enable them to deliver BA (Hons) qualifications. James also brings to SHiFT a wealth of knowledge of the Criminal Justice system having been a Police Officer for five years in Essex, experiencing first hand the issues of repeat offending and the vicious cycle that children can enter into. Outside of work, James is a dad to five children and coaches his youngest son's local football team.