James is a CDH survivor. He was born in the UK with undiagnosed left-sided CDH and was successfully treated at 16 hours old at the Bristol Royal Infirmary by Dr Helen Noblett – a well-known pioneering Australian paediatric surgeon. James has lived in Australia since 2017 and is a Management Consultant by day. James has been a CDHA Board member since October 2019, focusing on engaging with the medical community on research initiatives.
James has led an active lifestyle, largely unhindered by CDH after-effects. Over the years he has combined his love of exercise with his philanthropic nature and undertaken a number of challenges for various causes – including cycling from London to Milan and competing in triathlons for Bloodwise, running 100km for Oxfam and running 3 half marathons in one month for Leonard Cheshire Disability. Most recently, James has become a volunteer lifesaver at Bondi Beach in an aim to give something back to the Australian community.