Jim McGhie (Lord McGhie) was brought up in Perth but his professional life was in Edinburgh. He is a retired judge.  His interest in mental health stemmed initially from the experience of his mother who had severe bi-polar disorder in the 1960s - when there was little support for patients and even less for families.   

Jim has had more recent experience as a carer, including experience of the services at Huntercombe and the Priory in Scotland, and the Bethlem Royal Hospital south of London, as well as a keen appreciation of the work of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.  He responded to a call for Advocates to support SiMS and hopes to be able contribute positively to the work of  the Board.