About Me 



I was City Editor and Executive Editor at the Evening Standard and Independent titles and before that City Editor at the Sunday Times.

I’ve also written for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, The Scotsman, Business AM and Reuters.

For many years I have covered the UK economy, the banking crisis, multibillion-pound takeover battles, disruptive technologies and the personalities that shape global business.

I’ve produced hundreds of in-depth interviews featuring leaders of the Bank of England, Barclays, Tesco, Virgin, General Electric, Nestlé, Huawei, Anglo American and WeWork among others.

I studied at the University of St Andrews and City University in London. I am married with one daughter and enjoy running, swimming and surfing in my spare time.



You can find recent work by publication here:

The Daily Telegraph

The Times

The Evening Standard

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Other Roles


With my wife Viveka and some great supporters and trustees I run Oscar's Book Prize, a nationwide pre-school book award in honour of my son Oscar who died in 2012.

I am also a senior adviser to Pagefield Communications, a fast-growing strategic communications agency.




My podcast Leading with James Ashton brings together people from the top of very different organisations in the worlds of business, charity, the arts and beyond to discuss their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names and multi-billion-pound enterprises.


Each time, two guests swap stories of success and failure, the skills they have picked up, the challenges they face every day and the advice they offer to others. More details at Leadingpod.com

Contact Me

The best way to get in touch with me is via email at james@jamesashton.co


Alternatively you can send me a message via my social media channels on Twitter or LinkedIn

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