Dr Jim Halliday has lived in Abingdon and worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) since 1980. He is an environmental scientist and Chartered Engineer and, as Head of the Energy Research Unit at RAL, carries out research into new & renewable sources of energy with national and international partners.
Jim has served as a Town Councillor for a total of 12 years, during which he has helped set up and launch Abingdon’s Joint Economic Forum, founded the Albert Memorial Trust, and has been both Leader of the Council and Mayor – during his term of office he established the Mayor’s Awards. As a District Councillor since 1995, he has helped develop and implement the Council’s Economic Development strategy obtaining significant grants for economic regeneration projects from government agencies. During the last four years he has chaired the District Council's Scrutiny Committee which reviews and scrutinises the performance of the Council, its cabinet and its contractors.
He also served as a governor at Carswell Primary School for more than 10 years and has been active in a variety of voluntary organisations including the Preston Road Community Centre, League of Friend’s of Abingdon Hospital, the Abingdon & District National Trust Association, and as a regular volunteer with the Ock Valley Flood Group. Jim is married to Jeanette, an holistic therapist. They have a son and daughter and three granddaughters.