Having been brought up and educated in the Borders, Ian lived and worked in Aberdeen, Dundee and Lancashire prior to relocating back to Scotland and moving to Blairgowrie in 2005. He retired in 2014 following a successful career spanning 49 years.
Ian originally trained as a textile dyer and worked in that industry until the early eighties. He then undertook a number of middle and senior management roles in businesses producing and supplying furnishing fabrics, animal health products and medical devices before joining Scottish Enterprise in 2009 when he specialised in advising and supporting a wide range of manufacturing businesses, including those engaged in food and drink, engineering, energy, agriculture, construction etc. Ian joined the board of GrowBiz in December 2015 where he enjoys working alongside like-minded people dedicated to the support of local entrepreneurs and their businesses.