Hi, I'm Jim Millar. I work in the Scottish Parliament and also promote the relationship between Scotland and Japan.
Jim Millar's Bio:
Jim Millar is a hard working, innovative and outgoing professional with a diverse skill set including policy formulation across a broad range of subjects including housing, welfare reform, infrastructure and public relations. Strong project management and data analysis skills. Proven ability to engage with individuals and organisations at all levels, with insightful data analysis skills.
Very active in promoting the relationship between Scotland and Japan on a number of levels including business and higher education.
Recent Projects and Awards:
- Wrote the Aberdeen - Japan Engagement Strategy for Aberdeen City Council to promote trade and higher education links between Aberdeen and Japan, which was passed unanimously by Aberdeen City Councillors.
- Presented with the Consul General of Japan's Certificate of Commendation for 'promoting friendship and understanding between Scotland and Japan. The Consul General described this work as "Maikyoni itoma ga nai" or 'countless achievements'.
- Awarded honorary 3rd Dan Black Belts in Karate by the World Karate Confederation and the National Karate Federation in 2014
- Presented with the Scottish Samurai 'Shogun' Award in 2013
- Presented with the Scottish Samurai Award in 2006
Jim Millar's Experience:
Councillor at Angus CouncilMay 2007 - May 2012
Convener of Angus Council's Neighbourhood Services Department. Responsible for Housing, Waste Management, Leisure & Cultural Services, Community Planning and Community Safety. Introduced an innovative funding mechanism to boost social and affordable housing in the county, oversaw the construction of the first council house building programme in a generation, instigated a wide-ranging revamp of museums backed by substantial investment, reviewed the structure of the department and made significant changes, substantially reduced rent arrears from an all time high to below the Scottish average and worked closely with partner organisations to combat anti-social behaviour and underage drinking. I was the only Councillor or Housing Convener in Scotland to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies whilst serving, and was also elected a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Only Licensing Board Chairman in Scotland to undertake the Door Supervisors Course which is mandatory for door supervisors of licensed premises. Also Chairman of Arbroath Harbour Joint Consultative Committee and Chairman of Angus Licensing Board.
Monument Manager at Historic Scotland1999 - 2000
Responsible for the day to day running of Arbroath Abbey, a 12th Century Abbey now in the care of Historic Scotland. I introduced strategies to promote the profile of the monument which consequently saw a substantial increase in visitor numbers, turnover and wedding ceremonies over one year. Spoke at many meetings of interested clubs and organisations on the history and architecture of the Abbey.
Various Positions at Various Oil and Gas Companies1988 - 1995
Held various positions in the oil and gas industry. Worked offshore on drilling rigs, and onshore on ship and rig repair contracts. Roles included ROV Pilot, Cuttings Engineer and Assistant Project Manager.
Tank Crew at HM Forces1985 - 1988
Tank Crewman in the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Served in various locations, but most notably on the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Left with excellent references and a military record marked 'Exemplary'.
Jnr Tpr at Junior Leaders Regiment1983 - 1985
Selected for training at the Junior Leaders Regiment for Royal Armoured Corps. Studied leadership and management skills as part of my military training before passing out to my regiment, the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.
Policy Adviser at Scottish Parliament2000 - Present | Edinburgh
Adviser to Alex Johnstone MSP, Shadow Housing and Communities Minister. Examine all aspects of relevant legislative process, formulate and submit policy across a broad range of portfolios. Main policy interest is public and private sector housing, domestic micro-renewables, fuel poverty, infrastructure, veterans and welfare reform. Draft and issue media releases on local and national issues, Organise subject specific events and receptions in the Scottish Parliament, and attend meetings on behalf of my employer. Write subject specific speeches for delivery in Parliament and liaise closely with colleagues in Westminster. Secretary of the Cross Party Group on Japan.
Jim Millar's Education:
University of Stirling2009 – 2011Post Grad Diploma
University of Aberdeen1996 – 1999Master of Arts (MA)Concentration: Art History
Angus College1995 – 1996HNCConcentration: Computing
Jim Millar's Interests & Activities:
Presented with the Scottish Samurai Award in 2006 Presented with Scottish Samurai 'Shogun' Award in 2013 Presented with honorary 3rd Dan black belts by the National Karate Federation and the World Karate Confederation. Keen interest in promoting the relationship between Scotland and Japan.