About James Max
James presents Weekend Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 – 10am on London’s Biggest Conversation, LBC 97.3 FM. It’s London’s leading commercial talk radio station. Regularly covering for his colleagues during the week, he’s become a well recognised voice on the station.
He’s a consummate, engaging and affable talk show host with a background in business, property and finance.
Not only has James been a uniquely qualified voice during unprecedented economic times but he has extensive experience hosting events, after dinner speaking, corporate training, delivering motivational speeches and as a voiceover artist.
Before entering the world of media, James spent fifteen years developing a high profile career in commercial property, finance and private equity. Initially working at a leading property advisory firm, DTZ, then investment banking with Morgan Stanley and moving to private equity at Doughty Hanson & Co. His direct experience and expertise in business, finance and property allows him to explain, interpret and make sense of a very complex world.
James first came to public prominence as a semi-finalist in the first series of BBC’s The Apprentice. Since 2006 he has been a presenter on LBC Radio, London’s Biggest Conversation. Aside from his radio shows, he often comments on breaking business and property stories for Sky News, ITV, Channel 4 and The BBC. He’s written many opinion pieces for national newspapers, feature magazines, local press, trade journals and online.
From 2006 – 2008, James was the voice of Business for TalkSPORT and presented his own shows on the station. He regularly joins Jeremy Vine on his Radio 2 programme. His Property Week podcasts have a regular following as he tackles the big property stories, interviews leading figures in the industry whilst giving his own perspective on the business environment.
He has hosted major corporate events, awards ceremonies, training sessions and regularly speaks at leading academic institutions on current affairs, finance and careers. He’s an authoritative voice for podcasts, corporate events and voiceovers.
Investment Banking and Private Equity.
In 1998, James left the world of commercial property and his position as Director of European Investment at DTZ to join Morgan Stanley, the US investment bank. Whilst there he was involved in many transactions ranging from securitisations, conduit loans, mergers & acquisition advice, through to corporate finance and principal activity. In 2001, he joined the European private equity house, Doughty Hanson & Co as a Principal where he headed the fund’s UK real estate activities.
James has presented a number of TV shows including Channel 4’s Dispatches as well as regularly appearing on Daybreak as their property expert and on Sky News and ITV1′s This Morning, reviewing the newspapers.
James writes monthly columns for The Negotiator Magazine and also for London Loves Business, a website devoted to business matters, discussion and opinion.
James loves music, travel, art, skiing, wine, his family and tennis.
He has a passion for Aston Martins whilst pretending to care about the environment with his GWiz electric motor vehicle.
He lives in west London with his dog, Barnaby and avoids worrying about the fact that he’s in his 40s.