James (Jim) was born in Glasgow, one of five, and has a son, two stepdaughters and four grandchildren. Jim had a career in the probation service and loved every minute of it, ending up as assistant chief probation officer in Cambridgeshire. At one point he was seconded as a senior officer into HMP Durham and there, some 30/35 years ago, he became the prison representative on the Nepacs committee, chaired at the time by Ruth Cranfield.
Following his early retirement in 1998 Jim returned to the north east where one day, minding his own business, he bumped into Ruth and before he knew what had happened he was back in Nepacs.
Jim has sat on the Mental Health Review Tribunal and Care Standards Tribunal and on the GMC Fitness to Practice Committee since retirement and is currently also Chair of Humankind (formerly DISC), another northern charity. Jim loves cooking, holidays and football - a season ticket holder for Sunderland Football Club. He was chair of Nepacs for 15 years until November 2019.