Jim started his career through training as a teacher in Liverpool before working in management consultancy across a range of sectors including defence and utilities. His career in local government spans over a decade with previous roles at Staffordshire County Council and Cumbria County Council.
Jim took up post as Chief Executive with Aberdeenshire Council in February 2015. He is Returning Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, overseeing the effective provision of General, Scottish and Local Elections, and the EU Referendum. He is a committed to ensuring individuals and communities are able to participate fully and effectively in elections and democratic activity.
Jim is the SOLACE Scotland spokesperson for Economic Development, a member of the Scottish Resilience Partnership, and Clerk to the Lieutenancy for Aberdeenshire.