Ian made Queen’s Scout in the WGS Scout troop, was captain of the WGS rifle team and won a RAF Flying Scholarship while in the CCF. Academically, he took the science ladder (Chemistry, Physics and Maths for Science), passed AS Levels with two distinctions and read Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University.
He joined Esso as a process engineer at Fawley Refinery, later moving to the head office in London. Awarded a Standard Oil Teagle Foundation scholarship for an MBA program at Tulane University in New Orleans, he has remained in the USA since 1965. Ian worked at major companies in the petro-chemical and natural gas liquids industries, ending his professional career as manager of business development for Foster Wheeler, a world-wide engineering and construction company.
For the past few years, he has enjoyed a retirement career as an international in-flight service manager for Continental and United Airlines. He and his wife have celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary and have six children and ten grandchildren. Ian remains an active tennis player and enjoys international vacations several times a year.