After leaving university, Ian pursued a career as a Chartered Civil Engineer, working in the UK and overseas. He was Director General of the Federation of Master Builders for nine years. Until he retired in 2017 he was an executive director at the National House-Building Council (NHBC). He has had board level experience at a range of private and third sector organisations. Ian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is currently a trustee of a pension fund, chairs a youth charity as well as volunteering for other charities in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.