Jim Mather was appointed Chair of Homes for Scotland (HFS) on a three year term on Friday 15 May 2015.
A Scottish Chartered Accountant by profession, Jim’s career has seen him work in accountancy, the whisky industry, sales and marketing and IT.
Becoming a list member of the Scottish Parliament in 2003, he was elected for a second time in 2007 as the constituency MSP for Argyll & Bute and was appointed Minister for Enterprise, Energy & Tourism in the minority SNP Administration of 2007–2011.
As well as being HFS Chair, Jim is a visiting professor at both Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt Universities. He also fulfils other consultancy and non-executive roles.
In his inaugural HFS address to some 900 senior industry representatives and guests, Jim committed himself to help establish the urgent need for new homes of all tenures as an issue of national priority and to raise it to the top of the public policy debate. He also emphasised the need for the Scottish Government to work closely with the industry and other key stakeholders to avoid unintended negative consequences that could not only damage the industry’s ability to deliver much needed housing but also diminish the economic and social benefits that would otherwise accrue.