Councillor Jim O'Malley is a third term Dunedin City councillor and currently the Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee.
He was born in Reefton on the West Coast, went to high school in Christchurch before moving to Dunedin to study at Otago. After gaining a PhD he went to the United States where he specialised in neuroscience before taking a job at Pfizer Inc to head a muscle therapeutics laboratory. After 25 years in the US, Jim returned to NZ along with his three daughters Tess, Meg and Emma. He own's two start-up biotechs in Dunedin, both based at Invermay. Biocentrix works on collagen based implantable devices and Ayrmed makes collagen cosmetics.
In 2017 Jim worked with others to respond to the closure of Cadbury's and raised the money for OCHO to keep chocolate manufacturing alive in Dunedin.
Councillor O'Malley is a member of the following Committees: