Ian graduated as an Electronic Engineer from the University of Manchester, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. After a number of years as a design engineer with the MoD Ian joined the defence industry working for Ferranti, GEC Marconi and finally BAe. As the dot.com boom developed Ian decided to change industry and took on a sales role with an SME telecoms network integrator.
More recently Ian moved to Innovate UK as an SBRI Account Manager. At Innovate UK, Ian works closely with several UK government departments, helping them to specify and then run SBRI competitions for a wide range of innovative procurements.
Ian is a Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and a Chartered Engineer.