Ian has 25 years plus senior experience in the public sector at local, regional and national level and within the social enterprise sector. Ian is currently Chief Executive of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) one of Scotland’s largest social enterprises which delivers quality business advice, loan funding support and employability services.
During the last 20 years Ian has worked for the Scottish Government and has led on a number of policy initiatives. Most recently heading up the Scottish Government response to and approach to Brexit, including the promotion of a positive approach to migration for Scotland. Ian has used innovative programme and project management approaches, most notably outcome based approaches to assist with the delivery of investment programmes. These include the former Scotland-wide Community Regeneration Fund and a groundbreaking national investment programme for social enterprise – Futurebuilders.
Ian also has over 11 years experience in local government having led a series of high profile European investment programmes and having led a review of programme management structures for these programmes across Scotland.
Away from business Ian is keen on sport, the outdoors and photography and has undertaken a number of unsupported cycle tours across the world and walked and cycled extensively in Scotland.