James Weait is the founder and Director of Populi Solutions. Populi is a latin word meaning ‘of the people’ and speaks to the purpose and goal of the company. Populi supports companies across Australia (and the UK) with consulting, coaching and bespoke training solutions.
James formed Populi in February 2019. His work at the company has involved project management, performance uplift and executive coaching. He has also run client engagement programmes for employment service providers and other purpose-led organisations, such as Parkhouse Bell, PLP Solutions, Samsung C&T Corporation, Transport for NSW and White Ribbon.
Following a career in sales, James discovered the welfare sector in 2004 while employed at Ingeus UK in West London as an Employment Advisor. Later, he worked in management and the executive leadership at Ingeus. During this time, he oversaw the performance turnaround of the Pathways to Work disability contract and the highest contract area performance across all providers for two consecutive years on the UK’s Work Programme.
In 2015 James travelled to Australia to help set up Mission Providence (as GM National Operations). After two and a half years, James became the Managing Director for Pure Insights, helping the service to diversify into EAP and to win new contracts in the UK with Jobcentre Plus.
In May 2020, James published the Amazon No.1 best-selling book, Resumes That Work. In his spare time, James co-hosts a podcast and volunteers as a rural firefighter with his local brigade.