Ian is Director of Infrastructure Systems at Innovate UK. This includes leading Innovate UK’s energy, transport systems and future cities programmes of work. He sits on the board of four Catapults; Energy Systems, Offshore Renewable Energy, Transport Systems and Future Cities. Ian has been at Innovate UK since 2009 – initially he ran the Low Impact Buildings programme and more recently he was Head of Agriculture and Food – this included setting up the four AgriTech innovation centres funded by the AgriTech Industrial Strategy.
His working background includes a broad range of sectors; financial services, insurance, manufacturing, consultancy, third-sector, construction, IT and retail. Ian’s previous roles include; Principal Consultant at Inbuilt – a sustainability consultancy; Operations Director at Freeform Arts Trust – a third sector urban regeneration organisation and Vice President at Morgan Stanley – a US financial services firm.
Ian has an MSc (distinction) in Renewable Energy and the Environment from the University of Reading, and his first degree was in the use of structured methods to deliver effective IT systems.