CEO and co-owner, Pollards and Talbots
James has worked at Millmead Optical Group for 23 years and oversees allareas of the business. As Chief Executive Officer and owner, James has led the expansion of the business from a supplier of glasses cases under the Optoplast Brand (first established by his grandfather Walter Conway in 1946) to a mutli-disciplinary Opticalorganisation which now also supplies frames across the globe through Continental Eyewear Ltd as well as stock and surfaced ophthalmic lenses through Jai Kudo Lenses. James is a member of the OSA Board and is a WCSM Liveryman and is currently leading a comprehensive sustainability effort across all areas of the business, part of which involves the manufacture of 100% recycled cases from Millmead’s factory in Liverpool, as well the expansion of new ranges of recycled PET frames called Cameo Sustain. James sits on the board of trustees for the children’s charity Momentum. James was appointed in 2018 and provides guidance and regular counsel to the Managing Director and Chairperson. The charity has grown year on year in providing the families of seriously ill children with options to keep moving forwards. (www.momentumcharity.org)James launchedan initiative to raise funds for Ukrainian Refugees through the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. A sizeable donation was given tothe Red Cross and James has developed the pledge bycommitting Millmead to housing two refugee families in rented accommodation near to the factory, as well as by offering factory jobs to those families for an initial six-monthperiod. James is an avid golfer, gastronomist and guitar player. He lives with his partner and their three young children in Surrey.