Ian is an independent consultant and professional writer. He recently completed nine years service as a Trustee of the History Trust of South Australia and seven years as a Board Member of Connecting Up Inc. He is currently Vice-President of the SA Live Music Club.

Ian has an extensive background in Education, the Arts and Information and Communications Technologies, gained during a varied professional career spanning 30 years. In his current consultancy work he provides business advice and undertakes professional writing for a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises.

At various times during his career, Ian has served as a member or a South Australian representative on several national reference groups and working parties in the Arts, Tourism and Information & Communications Technology areas.

Ian’s previous roles include Project Manager in the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate of the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST); Consultant/Project Manager (e-Business) for the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and A/Director of Online Services in DAIS where his reponsibilities included the development and operation of SA Central (the SA Government’s web portal), e-Skill (a training program for public sector employees), providing consultancy and advice to government business units about online service delivery, and establishing and managing a seed-funding grants program to help kick-start government on-line business projects.

Ian also has extensive experience in policy and advisory roles for a Minister for Education and for Chief Executives of the Education and Arts Departments. While in the Arts, he was project manager for the creation and establishment of the Ngapartji Cooperative Multimedia Centre and co-wrote the original business plan that won the first four years of Commonwealth funding for that project.

Earlier in his career, Ian had considerable experience as Head of English, Drama and Film Studies in South Australian schools. He was the first teacher of English also to teach Computer Studies. He introduced computers into Humanities classrooms and co-wrote the Education Department’s curriculum documents for the use of computers in English teaching.

An accomplished writer, Ian wrote, produced and acted in several stage shows for students and the public during that time.

Ian has a BA (Hons) from the University of Leeds, UK and post-graduate qualifications from the University of London Goldsmith’s College. Married with two adult children, he enjoys reading, travel, photography, fixing old bicycles and playing guitar and keyboards in a Rock ‘n’ Roll band.