Lord (Jim) Wallace of Tankerness PC QC

Lord (Jim) Wallace of Tankerness PC QC is Reprieve’s Chair of Trustees.

He was MP for Orkney & Shetland from 1983 to 2001, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney from 1999 to 2007, and has been a Liberal Democrat peer since 2007.

He has held ministerial office in both the Scottish and UK Governments. At the inception of the Scottish Parliament, he became Deputy First Minister of Scotland, and on three occasions assumed the responsibilities of Acting First Minister. He was Minister for Justice in Scotland from 1999 to 2003, where he pioneered a raft of law reform legislation including Scotland’s Freedom of Information Act, and won Cabinet backing for creating a Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Police Complaints Commission. He also established Scotland’s independent Judicial Appointments Board. He was Minister for Enterprise & Lifelong Learning from 2003 until he stood down as Deputy First Minister and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats in 2005.

In the UK Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015, he was Advocate General for Scotland, the principal Scottish law officer for the UK Government. Following his election as Leader of the Lib Dem Peers in 2013, he also became Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.

He remains a backbench peer in the House of Lords and has his home in Orkney. He is the former Chair of Relationships Scotland and former board member of the St Magnus International Festival He has recently been appointed to the Regulation Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.