Educated at Imperial College London and UCW Aberystwyth, Ian holds a BSc and MSc in Physics. He also has an MBA from the Open University Business School.
After a brief academic research career, he held various industrial R&D, engineering, operations and business development roles with GEC-Marconi and with the US hi-tech manufacturer Pulse Engineering Inc. He was group CEO of the Dutch semiconductor engineering services company Rood Testhouse NV before joining QinetiQ corporate venturing team. He went on to hold several Divisional MD roles and was group CTO at QinetiQ. He has worked as an interim manager and advisor, specialising in PE and VC backed hi-tech businesses.
Ian has held a number of statutory directorships in various European technology businesses and was Chairman of the Board of Verhaeart Space in Belgium. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist and has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.