Ian started in the heritage sector in the 1980s as a site custodian for English Heritage and along the way has undertaken various tourism-related visitor services and educational roles. He trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage and conservation organisations. For the past 23 years, he has worked for a number of Universities in academic and senior management positions (predominantly within Business Schools) ricocheting between Scotland and England, becoming Professor of Historic Environment Management in 2014.
He currently works for Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh teaching heritage management and looks after University relationships with China as the Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication. He has worked internationally as a consultant on a number of heritage and tourism development projects as an advisor for global management consultancy companies. He is a long-serving board member of The Heritage Alliance and is also Vice-Chair of its sister body in Scotland, the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS). He tweets quite a bit @ibheritage and has an obsession with Ministry of Works guidebooks and signage.