James Allen joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as Head of Policy in May 2013 and became Director of Policy, Governance and External Affairs in January 2016. He leads the Alliance's public affairs, political and policy work as well as sports governance support and advisory services in England and Wales. James is a Non-Executive Director at Sport Resolutions and has a varied professional background in communications, advisory and policy roles in the private, not for profit and public sectors. He joined the Alliance from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), where he was Head of Public Services and Partnerships. James has an interest in an extensive range of policy issues across the sport and recreation sector - particularly around mental health, social impact and the role of the sector in working with children and young people.