Ian graduated from Royal Airforce College Cranwell with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After early tours of duty with the Royal Airforce Engineer branch he was appointed to be the Engineering Officer to the Royal Airforce Aerobatic team otherwise known as the Red Arrows. In 1976 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and after a period in the Ministry of Defense planning the introduction to service of the Hawk trainer aircraft he was appointed Senior Engineering Officer 41 Sqn responsible for the maintenance of its Jaguar Aircraft.
Later promoted to Wing Commander, Ian was posted to RAF Germany to introduce the Tornado to RAF Bruggen. On return to the UK he was posted to the MOD to plan the support for the Eurofighter Aircraft. In 1992 he attended the Royal College of Defense studies and on promotion to Air Commodore he was appointed Director Support Management responsible for the logistic support for Harrier, Jaguar, Canberra, AWACS , Hercules Aircraft and all RAF aero engines. On promotion to Air Vice Marshal he was appointed Air Office Logistics and communication and information systems at head quarters strike command, responsible for the day to day sustainment of the Royal Airforces frontline capability.
On retirement from the RAF in 2000 he joined Rolls Royce as director of e-Business Defense he helped the company introduce the concept of Support Partnership between the industry and the MOD. Ian is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and is a past chairman of the Institutes Aerospace Board and a member of council. Ian lives in Cornwall, is married to Sue, plays golf and enjoys gardening.