Councillor for Haxby and Wigginton
Growing up in Yorkshire, Ian has lived in York since the early 1990s, for much of that time in Wigginton. Now in his fourth term as a councillor, he holds the position of Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education.
His previous council experience includes Chairing the Economic Development and Transport Committee after being Chair of York's Health Scrutiny Committee. He has also been a member of Main Planning Committee, Area Planning Committee, Children's Services panel, Adoption Panel and the Social Inclusion Working Group.
Ian has been a governor of Headlands Primary School in Haxby for over 20 years and supports the school by attending as many of its events as possible. As a ward councillor, he also works closely with the local churches, community groups and Town and Parish Councils.
Ian's professional career was as a software engineer, designing, developing and implementing business computing systems. After training and qualifying in the civil service, he became a manager and company director, then ran his own consulting company. A qualified university and college teacher, he has also taught on a part-time basis for about 20 years.
Since retiring, Ian has continued to study, gaining a further degree. His spare time interests include singing, theatre, walking and spending time with his extended family.
Ian’s current Executive role covers a wide range of functions from Children’s Social Care, to School Improvement and Organisation, Children and Families, the Early Intervention and Local Area Teams, Youth Support Services, School Place Planning, Children’s Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Children’s Centres and Early Years and the Youth Justice service.
After taking time off this year due to ill health, Ian is back fighting for York's schools and academies, developing children’s mental health services, improving York’s special educational needs provision and developing our city’s Safeguarding Children Partnership.