Ian graduated from the University of Lancaster with a degree in Physics in 1977 and joined British Hovercraft Corporation (Westland Group) as a Test Engineer at their R&D establishment on the Isle of Wight, eventually becoming Assistant Chief Designer of an Aerospace and Defence electronics company within the Westland Group. During this time he was an MoD and CAA approved signatory for the release of equipment for flight.
In 1988 he joined an IBM Value Added Retailer as the Technical Support Manager coordinating a team of engineers covering the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex as well as providing pre and post-sales support. He then became the I.T. Manager of a company within the Christian Salvesen group, overseeing the implementation of an MRP system. Following this he became the IT Manager of the newly formed Business Link (Isle of Wight).
In 1995 Ian moved into lecturing initially in Further Education but eventually in Higher Education. This covered computing and business & management. During this time he gained a Cert.Ed.(FE/HE) teaching qualification.
Ian gained an M.Sc.(SocSci) with Distinction in Knowledge and Information Systems Management from the University of Southampton in 2008 and commenced a PhD there soon after, having been awarded a School scholarship.
He commenced at Brookes in September 2012 where he has taught on a variety of information systems related modules and has led modules including Analytical Techniques for Business and Management as well as Maths for Decision Making.