James Murray joined the Mayor's Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development for six years.
During James’s time in Islington, he lead the borough’s new council homebuilding programme and oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of social rented and other genuinely affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments.
In his current role, James oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programmes, including Building Council Homes for Londoners – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to building 10,000 new council homes. He works with local authorities, housing associations, and developers to identify land and opportunities for new homes, and he advises the Mayor on affordable housing planning policies. He also oversees work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.
James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Earlier in his life, his roles included working for Emily Thornberry MP and Mercer consulting. He grew up in Ealing and Shepherds Bush, and currently lives near King's Cross.