James Teasdale

COO and Director of Ventures

James leads Year Here’s venture acceleration work and our operations function. Previously James was Head of Venture Development at The Young Foundation, a centre for research and social innovation, where he designed and delivered social venture support programmes focused on education and housing. James also oversaw early-stage investments into over a dozen ventures through the Foundation’s social investment fund.

James began his career as a commercial specialist at a business services and consulting firm and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He sits on the board of Smart School Councils, a charity that helps young people to become active, democratic citizens.