An Imperial College chemical engineering graduate, Ian has run major global businesses for a number of multi-nationals (ICI, Astra Zeneca, Lonza, Chirex and Rhodia), in the international life science industry for over 20 years. He has been based in the UK, France and Switzerland and has spent considerable periods of time in the USA, Australia and Asia. Since 2003 he has, together with Paul Ryan, owned and managed a variety of SME companies some of which they founded similarly to ARCINOVA.
He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He chaired Accelerated Innovation for the Chemistry Growth Partnership with Government (2013-2018), was on the Governing Board of Innovate UK (2010-2016), and was the inaugural Chair of the enterprise hub of the RAEng (2013-2019). Ian is also visiting professor at Newcastle, Nottingham and Oxford Universities, and was involved in the creation of the innovation centres IBioIC in Scotland and CPI in the North East.
Ian has a proven track record of transforming technology-based businesses to deliver exceptional results, by a combination of break-out development, culture change, organic growth, internal re-engineering and external merger, acquisition and divestment.
"I’m an entrepreneur and an engineer. I love working with small businesses with untapped potential. We use our knowledge, experience, tools, judgement and global networks to create value and sustainable growth."