Ian at Stiperstones

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Ian was educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School and then at the University of Bradford from where he graduated in 1992. His early career was in Accountancy but in 2000 he changed direction and since then his career has been focussed on the care, maintenance and repair of buildings. More recently he has specialised in all aspects of the care of historic churches. Ian gained an MBA in Facilities Management from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. He is a Certified Member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM - formerly the British Institute of Facilities Management) and is currently working up an application for Full Membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Between June 2013 and June 2019 Ian served as the Diocese of Liverpool's Heritage Officer, a position in which he helped many of the Diocese's churches secure grant funding totalling around £6 million for major repair projects. He ran several successful Church Maintenance Training Days and advised churches on everything from welcoming visitors and tourists to eradicating dry rot and Japanese knotweed. On July 1st, 2019, following his position being made redundant by the Diocese of Liverpool, Ian took up the post of Historic Places of Worship Support Officer with Church of England Birmingham.

In June 2015 Ian was appointed a Trustee of the Churches Visitor and Tourism Association (CVTA), and in June 2018 he became its Vice Chairman. Ian has been a member of Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) since 2015.

Ian lives in central Birmingham. In his spare time he enjoys travelling throughout Europe, preferably by rail as he has had an interest in railways since childhood. A practising Christian (he says he needs all the practise he can get as he isn't very good at it yet!), Ian is a Craft Ale enthusiast and loves theatre and film.

Ian recognises the many benefits which European Union membership has brought to the lives of working people in the UK, and the important rights which it safeguards, and so is passionately opposed to the idea of the UK leaving the EU.