State Chief Executive | South Australia
National Director | Office Leasing
Specialising in office leasing precommitment, James has been actively involved in significant Adelaide CBD projects that have changed the city's skyline. Current projects include the Entrepreneur and Innovation Centre, Lot Fourteen on behalf of the Government of South Australia (Renewal SA) and Festival Square with Walker Corporation.
In his role as State Chief Executive, James facilitates many opportunities throughout the local business on behalf of clients and customers of Colliers. Accordingly, his knowledge of South Australian property activity across all sectors is extensive.
James is an active leader demonstrated by high volume of referral activity, is an enthusiastic collaborator and leads the local Office Asset Class team.
Since 2003, James has been the instigator for the pre-commitment and subsequent leasing of City Central Towers 1, 2 and 8 in Adelaide (totalling 81,000 square metres), all of which have achieved 5-star Green Star and 5-star NABERS (Energy) ratings.
James was joint Vice President and Divisional Councillor of the Property Council of Australia (SA Division) between 2004 and 2013 and is an active speaker and participant in professional development forums in the evolution of ESD and innovation in the built environment in South Australia.
Since 2013 he has been Vice President of the Australia China Business Council and Chair of the Property Sub-Committee in South Australia to elevate the level of advice and service that can be offered to Chinese Investors and Developers as they contemplate South Australia as a legitimate destination to invest and generate business.
Bachelor of Business (Property)
Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (SIA)
Memberships & Involvements
Australia China Business Council (SA), National Board Member ACBC, Property Council of Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, REISA, Board of Govenors for St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School.
Mapletreet, Walker Corporation, Government of South Australia (Renewal SA), KTS Properties, Carramatta Holdings, ARA, Chesser Properties, Centuria , Black Group
We found James to be at all times professional in his approach, including the inspection experience with potential occupiers, providing market intelligence to assist in forming opinions and strategy in negotiations, and generally in being the market facing representative of our asset in Adelaide. Tom Fox / Dexus
We found James Young and the Colliers International approach to customer service to be at the highest levels we have experienced. The proactivity and responsiveness combined enabled us to review options clearly and inform us sufficiently for our internal strategic decision making. We rarely experience the standard of professionalism and care that has been shown towards us and are highly appreciative of the efforts made. Alex Courtis / Serco Australia
James has not only been impartial with his advice but has delivered a service that we have not experienced by any other commercial real estate professional in the 20 plus years that we have been in business. Scott T Rowlands | Carramatta Holdings Pty Ltd
James and the Colliers International team have been at the forefront of the green accommodation wave and their results have seen us appoint the same team as sole agents for Tower 8 and the first and second stages of the City Central Development. Ben Yates | Aspen Group