Ian is the owner of consultancy firm, Otherhand Ltd that specialises in high-level facilitation and mediation in Scotland.
Ian is currently Chairman of the Board of Edinburgh College, the largest FE college in Scotland, and a Board member at Colleges Scotland, the sector body for Further Education in Scotland. Ian also chairs the Employers’ Association for the sector.
Ian is Independent Chair of the Scottish Police Negotiating Board, the regulatory body that considers a range of matters relating to police officer terms and conditions in Scotland, and also chairs the Scottish Police Consultative Forum.
Elsewhere, Ian is a Board member at Critiqom Ltd, a leading print and mail services provider and a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee for the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. He also chairs the Business Advisory Board at Stirling University Management School, where he is an Honorary Professor.
Ian was previously the Director of Scottish Affairs for Royal Mail Group in Scotland, and held senior positions with the Educational Institute of Scotland and at Stevenson College Edinburgh. He has been a leading member of the Institute of Directors in Scotland for some years and remains a member of the IoD UK Council. He was previously a longstanding member of the Scottish Council of the CBI and the Executive Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
Ian served as a member of the UK NHS Pay Review Body from 2006 to 2012 and has in the past been a Board member at Lothian Buses plc. the Scottish Business Crime Centre, the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being, Arts & Business Scotland, and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.
He lives in the Borders with his wife Ruth, who is a Headteacher in Edinburgh.