Jim was the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Southern between 2011 and 2016 during which time he was Convenor of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee leading inquiries into the closure of the Forth road bridge and freight transport. He served as the Parliamentary aide to the then Deputy First Minister and later First Minister. Since 2016 he has been housing policy lead for Scotland’s leading older people’s charity Age Scotland where he helped to change planning legislation to ensure the housing needs of older and disabled people were at the heart of council planning decisions.
More recently he worked as a manager for the largest charity lottery in Britain, the People’s Postcode Lottery which exists to raise money for good causes.
Prior to entering the Scottish Parliament, he was head of the Medicines Industry trade association, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in Scotland representing a sector with an economic footprint in excess of £1 billion.
Jim is a seasoned and respected campaigner with a track record of achievement across a range of sectors including health care and housing.