Jim Mackinnon CBE
Jim MacKinnon has had a distinguished career in planning and placemaking. He retired as Director of the Built Environment and Chief Planner for Scotland in 2012. In addition to serving as a Trustee, he was oversees the built environment activities of the North Highland Initiative on behalf of its patron The Duke of Rothesay.
Jim was appointed Chief Planner and Head of Planning and Building Standards Group in Scotland in November 2000. In January 2008 he became Director for the Built Environment with responsibility for architecture and place making, building standards and planning.
He led the most significant reforms of the planning system in Scotland in over 50 years which including new legislation, a second National Planning Framework, culture change in planning and the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative which has attracted international interest from urban planners. He has spoken widely across Scotland, the UK and Europe (Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands and Portugal) as well as lecturing in China and the USA.
He was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and in November 2008 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Jim graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Geography in 1974 followed by a Diploma in Town Planning with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde in 1977.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Years Honours list.