Ian has worked in education since graduating Cambridge University in modern languages. He has taught in comprehensive schools, led a modern languages department and worked as a head of sixth form. He has been head teacher of a large 11-18 Church of England comprehensive in Kent. The school was rated as outstanding in every category by Ofsted in 2012 and is a Teaching School and National Support School. As a NLE Ian works with many other schools in the region and more widely. Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14 and currently serves on ASCL Council.
Ian has led on two free school bids, and started a multi academy trust, the Tenax Schools Trust, which will soon consist of 7 schools and is growing. He is an Ofsted inspector and a member of the Head Teacher Board for the South London and South East region. He chaired a TSC-sponsored national review of Modern Languages pedagogy in 2016, is a trustee of NFER, and is a member of the DfE/NCTL review group for National Professional Qualifications. He also chairs the board of Sabre Charitable Trust, a charity which promotes early years education in Ghana