Jim is a founding trustee of Luminate and currently works as the Coordinator of Amateo, Europe’s network for active participation in culture. He also works as a coach and consultant.
Jim spent 20 years in local authority and voluntary sector, including working with and for local residents to build an award-winning arts and learning project (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education). This role included writing and directing theatre productions with local groups and presenting an award-winning venue in the Fringe.
In 2008 he was appointed Combined Arts Director in the Scottish Arts Council (SAC), and went on to become CEO. While at SAC he studied for an MBA (Open University) and completed the Open University Advanced Creative Writing Course.
In 2010 Jim was appointed Executive Director North for Arts Council England, and in 2012 achieved an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching. He was then appointed Executive Director of the Saltire Society.
Since February 2017 Jim has worked as an executive/career coach and consultant.