He is a non-executive director of life companies in the Phoenix Group, which is the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business. Previously, Jim has held positions at Reassure UK, Royal London, Legal and General, Police Mutual and others. He has other commitments in the charitable and third sectors.
Since 2005 Jim has been a Visiting Professor in Glasgow University School of Law, and since 2017 has held an honorary professorship at the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research at the University of St Andrews. From 2011 he was Gwylim Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he remains an Associate Member. He writes widely on devolution and constitutional issues, tweeting, now and again, as @ProfJimG.
Professor Gallagher had a previous career as a UK civil servant, in Edinburgh and Whitehall. He has been head of the Scottish justice department, private secretary to two Secretaries of State for Scotland and twice a member of the No 10 policy unit in London. In 2007 he became the UK government’s most senior official advising on devolution and constitutional issues, and worked in Gordon Brown’s No 10 team. After leaving government, he advised the Better Together campaign in the 2014 Scottish referendum.