Ian James was elected to the Council in 2017 to represent the Strathtay ward. Since being elected, Ian has taken an active role within this extremely large rural ward, making representations for residents from all parts of the Ward regardless of their political allegiance and has successfully acted as mediator for a number of issues, from education to housing matters.
Ian has fought for funding to make sure that rural areas do not lose out to the higher populated areas like Perth City Centre and is keen to ensure residents are not left isolated. Prior to the Covid crisis, Ian was lobbying for funding for an upgrade to the Stewart Towers road which provides a vital link between the heart of the ward and the new A9 Trunk road.
Ian has taken a keen interest in the large housing developments which have been granted planning permission throughout Strathtay and is keen to work with the community and developers to make sure that the housing doesn’t outgrow the infrastructure.
Ian works full time as a Technical Author writing maintenance manuals for the Chinook Helicopter. He lives in Kinloch with his partner Alison, their 5 French Bulldogs, flock of chickens and their African Grey parrot.
As well as spending time with his dogs and animals in his spare time, he likes to spend time growing his own vegetables. Ian volunteers with Phoenix French bulldog rescue, The Edward Foundation (Bulldog rescue) and he is a Director of Greatwood, a charity that rescues, rehomes and retrains retired and injured racehorses and provides Animal Assisted Intervention education programmes for children and young adults with special educational needs.