As a leader of one of Birmingham and the West Midland’s largest private companies I see 2022 will be a gamechanger for our region and our people. We run a global tech business from Tyseley and I’m passionate about giving people the chance to succeed. Under the spotlight of the Games we get a once in a generation opportunity to create projects like Gen22 which is drawing in young people from the widest variety of backgrounds and empowering them to play a larger role in the economy and society. This charity can keep those benefits flowing for years to come and I’m genuinely excited about what we can achieve.

James Rigby is Chief Executive of the SCC, a £2.5bn technology services business and largest privately-owned company in the West Midlands. SCC has been headquartered in Birmingham since 1975, with offices throughout the UK and international businesses in France, Spain, Romania, and Vietnam.

Under James’ leadership, SCC has achieved consistent year-on-year growth, employed tens of thousands of people, supported regional economies, and led technology innovation in the UK and Europe.

James is also Co-Chief Executive of Rigby Group, the parent company of SCC, with interests in technology, airports, aviation, hotels, real estate, and financial services. He is also a Trustee of The Rigby Foundation, the group’s charitable trust.

James’ personal ethos, based on his own experience, is to grow skills within a business, ensuring family values remain at the heart of SCC. James advocates reinvestment in people and communities and takes a proactive leadership role in SCC’s charitable initiatives, with a strong focus on the development of skills and lifelong learning.

A fluent French speaker, James splits his time between SCC’s operations in France and the UK, where he lives in Warwickshire with his wife and three children.