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James Michael Douglas Thomson, Deputy

Ward: Walbrook

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Contact information

Correspondence address: 
Members' Room
PO Box 270


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Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 21/03/2013 -
  • 23/03/2017 -

Additional Information

James is Chief Executive of MJ Gleeson plc. He was appointed on an interim basis in June 2019. MJ Gleeson builds low-cost homes for first time buyers in the North of England and has a strategic land business focused in the South.


James is a Non-Executive Director and former Chief Executive of Keepmoat, the UK’s largest builder of quality affordable homes for first time buyers and affordable rent. Keepmoat builds around 4,000 new homes each year. He is also a non-executive board member of the Housing and Finance Institute.


James trained as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent 10 years in investment banking at HSBC and Deutsche Bank.  At HSBC, he spent three years in South Africa advising the ANC led transitional Government. After banking, James worked for Smiths Group, the UK FTSE listed international engineering company and prior to Keepmoat was Group Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer at DTZ.


James was a Special Constable with the City of London Police for 12 years.


James is a signatory to the City of London Corporation Members’ Diversity Charter: 


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