Ian was born in Wordsley, Staffordshire and educated in Stourbridge, going on to universities in Birmingham and London.
Whilst at Aston University, he met the daughter of one of his tutors; they married in 1969 and moved to London. His wife, Jenny has been a Town Councillor since 2003 and became Mayor in May 2009.
In 1973, with a young son and a daughter on the way, they decided to move out of London and Ian was offered a choice of two good jobs, one in Broadway, the other in Stratford-upon-Avon. He chose Stratford, ‘a respectable distance from both parents’ and joined NFUMutual where he worked until his retirement in 2004.
Whilst at NFUMutual, Ian covered a variety of IT roles which included managing the IT Development team whilst project managing the design of the IT system. In 1997 Ian’s department won the equivalent of what, to the insurance industry, would be an Oscar in recognition of the IT system which networked the agent sales force.
Outside Council, he is Membership Secretary for the Stratford Society, Squash Club, Stratford branch of NFUMutual Retired Members and the Local Liberal Democrat Party.