Jim is chair of the independent Disability and Carers Benefits advisory group reporting to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security in the Scottish Government. He is member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) advising the UK Department for Work and Pensions and is an advisory board member of Business in the Community Scotland.
He has taken part in fairness/anti-poverty commissions in Renfrewshire, Fife and Perth & Kinross. In 2018 he is a Churchill Fellow looking at the impact of mentoring programmes for young people facing disadvantage in the USA, Canada and New Zealand.
Previously he ran the Scottish Council Foundation think-tank. Interests include music, languages and Greenock Morton FC.