Hon. Senator Carlos James
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Carlos James is a politician and current Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Carlos James grew up in the village of Troumaca - his family tree is well connected with relatives in Fitz Hughes, Chateaubelair, Petit Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca, Rose Hall, Coull’s Hill and Spring Village. He is from the bowels of the constituency having spent his childhood in Troumaca where he attained his early education.
He is a trained journalist and graduate of the University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica with specialisation in Media and Communications. His contribution to the media is widely recognised. In 2004, he was awarded the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Media Award for Excellence in Health Journalism.
He read for a Bachelor of Laws with honours (LLB Hons) through Holborn College in the United Kingdom and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the CITY Law School formerly the Inns of Court School of Law in the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and a former editor of the Inn’s AGIS Griffin Magazine. He was called to the Bar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Bar of England and Wales.
James is currently a practicing Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor.
James had several working stints at the Commonwealth Secretariat headquarters in London. While at the Commonwealth, James worked in the Communications and Public Affairs Division, which falls under the Office of the Secretary-General.
He is a founding member and director of Generation Next, a non-profit organisation responsible for youth training and environmental programmes in North Leeward. He is also a sponsor of several sporting teams and organisations in the constituency.
James unsuccessfully contested the North Leeward seat in the December 2015 general election, losing to incumbent Roland Matthews of the New Democratic Party.
On 29 December 2015, James was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.