Born in Newcastle in April 1957 Ian was educated at St Mary’s RC Primary School, Forest Hall and St Mary’s RC Technical School in Newcastle, before starting work with Northern Gas in 1974.
Ian was Chair of the Campaign for a North East Assembly and was a member of the North East Constitutional Convention Steering Group.
Formerly member of the North East Assembly, Ian Chaired the Scrutiny and Policy Development Board of NEA for almost 3 years.
Ian is Chair of Governors of Thomas Hepburn Community Comprehensive in Felling (19 years) and Kelvin Grove Primary in Central Gateshead (2 years) and was for about ten years Chair of Governors of Joicey Road Special School for children with moderate learning difficulties.
Vice Chair of Gateshead’s Diversity Forum Ian has a wealth of experience of working with Community Leaders from across our borough and I takes particular pride in the linkages that I have helped to develop, over the years, with our significant orthodox Jewish community.