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James McQuillan's Biography

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James McQuillan was a 32-year-old senior commercial manager living in Surrey when he entered The Apprentice series 5.

In the first three weeks of The Apprentice, James McQuillan was called into the boardroom twice, and although he survived, Sir Alan Sugar pointed out to him that he was very close to be being fired. He entered the boardroom a couple more times, but still survived.

James was the last man left and came fifth in The Apprentice.

Afterwards, James said that the toughest thing about The Apprentice was missing his son's second birthday.

James McQuillan, who is a former child chess champion, has an MA (Hons) in Economics.

Before going into commercial management, James McQuillan had worked as a labourer, a trolley collector and a nightclub doorman.

James is a also a football referee.

James was brought up in Shepherd's Bush in west London. His father was a bricklayer.

He lists JK Rowling as one of his inspirational figures.

On his CV for The Apprentice, James McQuillan put: "When I wake up in the morning, I can taste success in my spit."

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