RCCC President 2017-18
Jim was born in Lanark and educated at Lanark Grammar. On leaving school, he studied law at Glasgow University. On graduating Jim served his apprenticeship with a small general practice in Glasgow before moving to Newton Stewart with his wife Liz.
It was during this time that he was introduced to curling through the local Round Table and played his first games at Stranraer Ice Rink. Following local government reorganisation he took the opportunity to move to Borders Regional Council and settled in Earlston where he still lives today.
After a few years Jim was keen to get back into private practice and opened an office in Melrose where he built up a successful practice and from which he has only recently retired after 36 years. On his move to the Borders, he joined Earlston Curling Club of which he has been Treasurer for many years – apart from a brief spell as President. Jim has been a keen supporter of Border Ice Rink serving as President of both Border Province and Border Ice Rink. He has also chaired the local Marie Curie Bonspiel Committee and the Borders Curling Development Group.
Jim and Liz have four children, Jennifer, Rhona, Lynsey and Gavin and at the last count have four grand-children. Liz is also a keen curler, having taken up the sport when her family and teaching commitments allowed.
Jim feels that being part of a tour is a tremendous experience and he was fortunate to be a member of the Men’s Tour to Switzerland in 2009 and also part of the Strathcona Cup winning tour to Canada in 2013. As well as that success he won a gold medal at the National Masters Men’s Championships in 2016 as a member of Team Prentice.
Jim is delighted to have the honour of President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club bestowed upon him and is very much looking forward to making a meaningful contribution in what promises to be an exciting and challenging year.