He succeeds Derek Bostock, who now becomes immediate past president.
David Bentley from the Yorkshire and Trent region was elected as the FMB’s new national vice-president.
Mr Gilmour said: “It is an honour to be the first Scotsman elected as national president of the FMB. My theme during my two year presidency is ‘professionalism’ and supporting the FMB new five year strategic plan which is transform the FMB to become a professional trade association. As part of this commitment I’m also looking forward to meeting and representing FMB members across the UK.”
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “Jim Gilmour is a passionate advocate for the SME construction industry and I look forward to working with Jim during this difficult time for the construction industry. The building industry is experiencing the longest recession that most people can remember which is why it is more important than ever that builders across the UK can have access to a national trade association that support their business needs.”