Born in Barnard Castle and spending his early years in County Durham and the North Riding, Ian subsequently moved to Lincoln with his family where he completed his schooling and then qualified as a solicitor.
He first practised in Lincoln and became a partner in one of the city's firms before being appointed a Stipendiary Magistrate by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the West Indies. This was followed by a short service commission in the British Army and a period of service in the Directorate of Army Legal Services. He then became a local government officer. For a number of years he held the post of Solicitor and Assistant Secretary to South Shropshire District Council as well as being Secretary to the Local Planning Authority.
After retiring from the law he fulfilled a long-standing ambition to return to the north of England and settled in Sedbergh in 2000. He became very involved in community matters. In 2008 he was elected to South Lakeland District Council for the ward of Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale until standing down in May 2014. At that time he was elected as a member of Sedbergh Parish Council.
For almost twenty years Ian has been an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He is presently an Elder of Brigflatts Local Meeting. He is involved with a number of charities, particularly Anti-Slavery International and various environmental and wild-life charities.
He enjoys walking, travelling, practising and teaching T’ai Chi and spending time with his family and friends.
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