James Michael Douglas Thomson, Deputy

Ward: Walbrook

Other members representing this Ward:

Contact information

Correspondence address: 
Members' Room
PO Box 270

Email:  james.thomson@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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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. MJ Gleeson builds low-cost 2,3 and 4 bedroom homes for first time buyers in the North of England with a starting price of £90,000 and average price of £130,000 and has a strategic land business covering the South of England.


Prior to joining Gleeson, James was Chief Executive of Keepmoat, the UK’s largest builder of quality affordable homes for first time buyers and for affordable rent.


James trained as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent 10 years in investment banking at HSBC and Deutsche Bank.  At HSBC, he spent 3 years in South Africa advising the ANC led Government of National Unity. After banking, James worked for Smiths Group, the UK FTSE listed international engineering company and 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: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/how-we-make-decisions/Pages/corporate-governance.aspx.