James Giles is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and public relations consultant with experience across print, online, radio and television.
He was born in Kingston Hospital, where he is now honoured to serve as a Governor for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. He has one brother.
Starting out as the Founder and Editor of a hyperlocal news site, the Kingston Enquirer (as it is now known) quickly grew and, at its peak, was more widely read than all other publications combined covering Kingston upon Thames.
James was the youngest ever recipient of the Mayor's Community Award, for service to the borough in the Royal Borough of Kingston.
James was the youngest British Parliamentary Candidate in London in the 2019 General Election, and achieved the best result in London of any Independent candidate.
He now works with clients including Arthur Communications, the Associated Press, Molucca Media Limited and Kingston Green Radio. He works from both London and South Scotland.
James is inspired by community spirit and human kindness and partakes in extensive community work in his hometown, serving as Governor of Grand Avenue Primary School in Surbiton, Manager of the Malden Community Farmers' Market and Chairman of the Malden Independent Community Organisation.
He is the Deputy Leader of the Kingston Independent Residents Group.