James Smith, Director

Born in Albury and after a brief stint living and working away, James moved back to this amazing Border region 15 years ago. James is a proud father of three children and a husband to Ashleigh. He is passionate about his family and the Border region and has been involved in promoting and advocating for the region for many years. A previous Director at Border Trust, James has returned to be a part of Border Trust family once again. James is currently employed as the Director of Business Services for Align Work Health, an organisational health and wellbeing provider, based in Albury, servicing regional NSW and Victoria. James has collaborated on Boards and Committees in Albury for the past 15 years, including; Albury Business Connect as Chairperson and Director, Business NSW (Murray Region), TAFE NSW (Southern NSW) and Regional Development Australia (Murray).

James is an advocate for attracting talent and business to the region and mental health awareness. He brings a broad knowledge of regional opportunities and challenges. James’ strength is in collaboration and partnering with key stakeholders to achieve a collective benefit for the region.

A Community Foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation working in a specific geographic area which, over time, builds up a collection of endowed funds from many donors in the community. It provides services to the community and its donors, makes grants and undertakes community leadership and partnership activities to address a wide variety of needs in its service area.”