After qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1986, Ian spent several years in their lead advisory team, principally in Yorkshire but also including spells in London and Prague. Ian joined Grant Thornton in 2002 to build their corporate finance presence in Yorkshire. Over the subsequent decade he became one of the leading and most active players in the Yorkshire advisory market, advising on many high profile deals in the region. After leaving Grant Thornton in 2012 he provided strategic and corporate development advice to a number of entrepreneurial Yorkshire businesses and joined Sentio Partners in October 2013.
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Ian lives in Woolley with his wife and two children. He enjoys cycling and undertakes at least one long distance charity ride a year. As an avid football spectator he follows three teams at different levels in the league structure. However his loyalties were tested when Town played Man United (even if only for two seasons).