Ian is a physicist (BSc, MSc) with an MBA, and a Chartered Engineer and Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Royal Astronomical Society, and Chartered Institute of Marketing.
With >30 years industry experience in technical and commercial roles to C-level, he worked for GEC-Marconi, Pulse Engineering and was group CEO for Dutch semiconductor company Rood Testhouse NV. He did corporate venturing in QinetiQ, going on to hold Divisional MD roles (leading the Aerospace Division during IPO) and was group CTO.
As founder of Trace Element Associates Limited, he worked on major interim management projects across several sectors and has held statutory directorships in technology businesses in various European countries, including Chairman of Verhaeart Space (Belgium).
Ian is currently CEO of SFC funded, industry-led, CENSIS Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, driving innovation and economic growth through maturing and transferring technologies from academia to industry. He is an industry representative on the ISM CDT industrial advisory board and on SFC’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee.