Ian started as a Packaging Technologist/Engineer in the retailer Co-operative Wholesale Society (CO-OP) in Manchester working in 100 manufacturing facilities on cans, glass, plastics, paper and board, before moving into buying and marketing. He went to head up Packaging and Technical at the retailer Iceland in 1984 and started the Iceland brand.
Ian then moved to the other side selling packaging and putting in product launch systems into major brands and retailers selling services into Danone, Estee Lauder, Kraft, Safeway, Wal Mart, Heinz to name a few. This included running design, artwork and pre-press companies.He was a director for Storm Brands and Sun Branding Solutions, which included Parker Williams. He moved back to the retailer Iceland (1,000 stores selling in 42 countries) in 2013 to head packaging and process as the Own Label Manager reporting into the Managing Director.
In January 2018, Iceland launched on TV as the first retailer to go plastic free by 2023. Ian has also used digital printing extensively and is known for his massive love for packaging and printing.
After six epic years at Iceland, Ian is now semi-retired (trying to improve his golf handicap) and running a consultancy, as well as enjoying non-exec board roles providing various services from digital print to sustainability.
Ian is a Fellow of the Packaging Society as part of the institute of Mining, Minerals and Materials.