James Spratt has worked all his life in the public sector and has extensive knowledge of local and central government. He served on Castlereagh Council from 2005 to 2013 serving on many committees and bodies. He was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Joint Council representing the 26 councils and also served on the National Joint Council.
James also was a member of the NI Assembly from 2007 to 2015. He was Chairman of the Standard and Privileges Committee 2014 – 2015, Chairman of the Regional Development Committee 2011 to 2014 and Chairman of the Assembly Executive Review Committee 2008 -2011. He also served on the Committee of First & Deputy First Minister from 2007 - 2015.
James was a Member of the NI Policing Board 2008 - 2011 as well as serving as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee during that period. James Spratt is a married man with 4 grown up sons and 8 grandchildren.