James Finlay was born at the then Colony Hospital to the Finlay Family of Paddock St. George. He attended the Wesley Hall Primary and Secondary Schools where he obtained his O Levels, and from 1971-3 attended the Grenada Teachers College.
James’ first job was teaching at the primary level for a period of nine years up to 1969, then had a short stint at the Grenada’s Boys’ Secondary School where he taught Biology.
James’ education continued by pursuing a B Sc. degree at the University of the West Indies in 1981 and went further into graduate studies obtaining his M Sc. in Natural Resource Management , also from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
On returning to Grenada he was appointed Chief Fisheries officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in 1987 and continued in that post up to 2002 at his retirement.
James’ interest in the work and objectives of the Willie Redhead Foundation began at about 2001, and joined the Foundation in 2002 because of its HERITAGE agenda, and sees the PRESERVATIONIST perspective of heritage, now changing into a CONSERVATIONIST agenda for the Natural and Cultural heritage environment. James recognizes the existing contest between the community’s conservation of “Green Places and Open spaces” which will always be a shared goal no matter the bias for the economy or the environment.
In this regard James was the Project Manager/ Co-ordinator for the tWRF project – Green Places Open spaces funded by UNDP in 2010-11 for the greening of 3 subprojects: River Road, Darbeau & Old Trafford at Tanteen.
James is struck by the way the European, African and Asian cultural expressions show themselves up in both the behavioral and built environment, and with the minimum of conflict.
By training and experience James has had an early interest in the natural (and cultural) environment, and its applications to livelihoods and environmental and economic values of people, having pursed Biological Science at the Bachelors and Environmental Resource Management at the Masters Level.
This knowledge, experience and hands-on involvement in the marine (natural) environment- during his public service career, has served the Foundation in good-stead and is recognized in his present executive positive as Vice President of the Foundation.