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 British Institute of Facilities Management.
Since June 2013
Ian has been the Diocese of Liverpool's Heritage Officer, a position in which he has helped many of the Diocese's churches secure grant funding for major
repair projects. He has run several successful Church Maintenance Training Days and advises churches on everything from welcoming visitors and tourists
to eradicating dry rot and Japanese knotweed.
Ian sits on the Liverpool Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches. In June 2015 he was appointed a Trustee of the Churches Visitor and Tourism
Association (CVTA), and in June 2018 he became its Vice Chairman.
Ian lives in Liverpool. In his spare time he enjoys travelling throughout Europe, preferably by rail as he has had an interest in railways since childhood. He is a Craft Ale enthusiast and an active member of the Parish Church of St. Agnes & St. Pancras, Toxteth Park, overseeing a £344,000 repair and conservation project at the church in 2016/7.