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James Stewart

Vice Chair, Head of Brexit and Industrial Strategy

KPMG in the UK

James is Vice Chair responsible for Industrial Strategy, geo-politics and Brexit, a role he began in January 2018. He joined KPMG in May 2011 as Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. Since joining the firm, James has visited over 60 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment plans and major projects. Prior to joining KPMG, James was based in the Treasury as the CEO at Infrastructure UK (IUK). 

James’ role at IUK included advising Ministers on policy issues relating to the infrastructure sector and the private finance initiative (PFI) and public-private partnership (PPP) market, managing senior stakeholder engagements with the public sector, publication of a UK Infrastructure Strategy on budget day in March 2010, publication of the National Infrastructure Plan, launched by the Prime Minister at the CBI Conference in October 2010 and publication of the Infrastructure Cost Review in December 2010.

From May 2000 to December 2009, James was the CEO at Partnerships UK. Prior to this role, James spent 14 years at Hambros and Société Generale. His final position was Managing Director, Project Finance, and the Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment.

James Stewart

Education and qualifications

  • BA Hons, Chemistry - Pembroke College, Oxford


  • OBE

  • Fellow, Institute of Civil Engineers

  • Infrastructure Global Agenda Council - World Economic Forum

  • Chairman, UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board

Areas of expertise

  • Brexit

  • Strategy

  • Geopolitics

  • Environment

  • Public-private partnership

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