Although born and bred in Scotland, James McCutcheon has strong Irish connections, as his mother is from County Mayo and his father from County Down.
He started Irish Dancing at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Kathleen Hamilton and finished his competitive career under the guidance of James and Kathleen McLaughlin where he was a member of several of their World Championship winning teams.
James qualified as a teacher in 1983, an adjudicator in 1991, a grade examiner in 2002 and he recently became the first person from Scotland to qualify as a full examiner.
As teachers, he and his wife Noreen are proud of their Irish Dance legacy: many of their students have won competitions at national, international and world level as well as having leading roles in Lord of the Dance.
James has been a member of the Scottish Regional Council for many years and is currently the Scottish Teachers’ representative to An Coimisiún as well as the Council’s Treasurer. He was recently reappointed as Company Secretary of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha Teoranta and elected to the post of Vice Chairman of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha.
He has previously held a number of other officer positions within CLRG, including Company Director, Public Relationship Officer, Chairman of the Management and Finance Committee and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee.
A qualified accountant, James is delighted to be a founding member of the Marie Duffy Foundation.