James Jarvis grew up in regional Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours in Psychology), he returned regularly to the regions and has worked in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison and Wheatbelt.
Mr Jarvis spent 21 years working for a variety of state government agencies in Western Australia and Northern Territory before a shift to the not-for-profit sector. Prior to becoming the community development manager at the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup in January 2020, he was chief executive of The Nintirri Centre for over 3 years. He is also chair of Pilbara for Purpose (an association of Pilbara-based NGO’s), secretary of the Tom Price Men’s Shed committee and the Pilbara Inland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and board member of Linkwest.