Ian is a former Chief Police Officer having served in Humberside, Lothian and Borders Police and on secondment for two years to the Royal Hong Kong Police. He was most closely involved in the more specialised police operations and in strategic emergency management in a multi-agency context - particularly in the leadership of Strategic Coordinating Groups based in Edinburgh. He was the strategic lead for police in Scotland for CBRN matters, the deputy for counter terrorism, involved in elements of protection security planning and development of 'interoperability' of communications. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for services to policing following the G8 Summit in Scotland where he commanded operations in Edinburgh which coincided with the ‘7/7’ terrorist attacks in London; he was also part of the Gold police response to the terrorist attack on Glasgow airport in 2007. Prior to his Police service he attended Durham university and also qualified as a teacher. He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and graduated from the UK police Strategic Command Course.
Since leaving the police service he has worked extensively throughout the UK and overseas in emergency management consultancy and, particularly, at the strategic level of multi-agency resilience. He joined the Emergency Planning College as an Associate Lecturer in 2008 to develop and deliver both the Civil Nuclear and multi-agency CBRN programmes of courses before moving focus towards strategic training and exercises in support of the EPC development of strategic integrated emergency capability.
He spent the majority of 2011/12 engaged in the delivery of multi-agency CBRN exercises at the main Olympic venues.
More recently he has been working at senior level in UK providing strategic consultancy, exercising and training to the UK and Scottish Parliament, UK senior civil service, major UK companies (eg Rolls Royce and Serco) and similarly with overseas governments of Nigeria, Tunisia, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. His involvement with Gold strategic level training in UAE and Saudi Arabia in particular has been of long standing. In Nigeria he supported work at Presidential level developing national crisis management arrangements.