A lifetime Creative Entrepreneur Ian studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London University and has exhibited nationally with his creative art work in UK collections.
In 2000 he originated and pioneered the concept of the Creative Entrepreneur,
and established the first Masters in Creative Entrepreneurship in a UK University and is currently Teaching Director in Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of East Anglia with students from the UK, China, Russia and the USA, 2006 - 2016.
He was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts London and awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of East Anglia. He has recently undertaken degree course validations for the Open University UK and is the Visiting Director in Creative Entrepreneurship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 2015/16.
Ian is currently Mentor to the winners of the Clyde & Co Arts Awards and the Aon Arts Awards, two leading corporate arts sponsors in the City of London with post graduate students from the University of the Arts London and Birmingham, Manchester & Glasgow Schools of Art 2014/6.
As a founder of arts companies, arts festivals and creative ventures he has a reputation for pioneering cultural tourism in rural areas and through innovative programming, developed new audiences and attracted inward investment. As an award winning Artistic Director Ian has produced, directed, curated, programmed and commissioned over a thousand Performing Arts, Music, Literature and Visual Arts Events including Concerts and Exhibitions with leading Artists from over 45 countries and established international partnerships with the Pablo Casals Music Festival, Prades France and ADOGI publishing in Barcelona Spain. He is also the Artistic Director of the Farley Arts Trust at the former East Sussex UK home of the celebrated surrealists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose.
Ian has developed successful relationships with the corporate sector having won over 30 Arts & Business Awards with UK and international companies including the Financial Times Award for `Best UK Sponsorship` and has raised over £3m in Sponsorship for the Arts with Sainsburys, Barclays, Shell, Peat Marwick and other leading companies.
Ian's other interests are focused on Architecture – having discovered and restored a lost historic mediaeval English College creating an arts house and visited by the public. Gardening - in creating topiary and sculpture gardens and as a Collector of textiles, ceramics, sculpture, contemporary and world art.