James Croft

The staff of Investor Publishing, EducationInvestor Global’s parent company, are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of James Croft, a former editor of this publication and longstanding sector professional.

James died on 14 May, 2021, following a “long illness and short period of hospitalisation”, according to Jodie Croft, James’s ex-wife and next of kin, with whom he retained a close friendship.

James fathered four children – Thomas, Rupert, Imogen and Hallam.

“James was a light in all our lives and he will be greatly missed,” Jodie said in a LinkedIn post. “We are all thankful for the many happy times we shared and to have known and loved James.”

James is survived by his children, as well as his siblings Simon, Michelle and Bex, and his mother Yvette and father John.

Born 14 June, 1973, James edited EducationInvestor Global from 2017-18. He joined the publication from think-tank the Centre for Education Economics, which he founded and chaired.

Most recently, James was director of Whitebeam Strategy, a consultancy he co-founded in 2020 alongside business partner and managing director Matthew Dixon.

James possessed deep experience in the education sector, having served as an advisor and contributor to government and regulatory policy, in addition to his work within the private sector later in his career. He is remembered by those in the industry who knew him for his intellect, expertise and calming presence.

Vernon Baxter, managing director of Investor Publishing, said: “James was an engaging and erudite presence throughout his time at EducationInvestor Global and myself and the team were shocked to hear of his passing at such a young age.

“I greatly enjoyed working with James and travelling with him to new territories to help grow the EducationInvestor Global universe during his time at the publication.

“On behalf of Investor Publishing, I wish his family and friends our sincere condolences.”

Josh O’Neill, editor of EducationInvestor Global, commented: “I joined EducationInvestor Global just weeks after James left for pastures new, so I never had the privilege of working with him directly.

“However, I am fortunate to have met and dealt with James on several occasions since – and I always found him to be welcoming, insightful, helpful and charming, with an optimistic outlook on life and work.

“I was deeply saddened last month when I heard the news of his passing, and my heart goes out to his family, friends and loved ones who are undoubtedly grieving at this painful time.”

James had suffered from Crohn’s disease since the age of 12.

James’s family is welcoming donations in his memory to two charities – Crohn’s & Colitis UK and The Wholesome Warehouse – to which you can contribute by following the hyperlinks.

Date published: 2 June 2021