Ian was born in a small rural community in New Zealand. After leaving school he initially studied Farm Business Management and became operator and Director of a dairy farming company. During this time, he also participated in a variety of outdoor pursuits and became a Tutor for caving, rock climbing, and survival skills after becoming qualified in Outdoor Instruction. He tutored both school students and adults. Ian also trained as an ambulance officer. Rugby coaching to a high level was another successful pursuit.
Ian realised that working with students was an area that would contribute the most to society and subsequently gained a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since then he has taught in New Zealand, Unity High School; a British International School in Khartoum, Sudan where he also became Deputy Head of Primary and for the past three years at Newton International Academy, Barwa City, Doha Qatar.
In Qatar was a team manager for improvisation teams in the Destination Imagination competition. The first year they were second in Qatar and for the next two years his team was placed first in Qatar and attended the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has followed on from this success to coach Destination Imagination at Royal Primary Academy resulting in the first ever Indonesian Destination Imagination team attending the Global finals in Knoxville in 2018. In 2019 Mr Ian's Royal Primary Academy team have qualified yet again and will compete in the Global Finals, this time being held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Mr Ian is a fan of rugby, travelling and hearing that magic “ohhhh, I get it” sound when children understand something. He is a Father of five sons and a grandfather to three grandsons.