Ian’s working life began in 1977 as an indentured electrical apprentice with N.G.Bailey, culminating with a HNC/Full Technological Engineering Certificate in 1982. Having undertaken various supervision and on-site management roles, he left N.G.Bailey in 1989 to start his own business, taking him around the world working on various electrical systems, in the main for Motorola.
After several years of globetrotting, working on safe systems of work, Ian decided to turn his attention to home and in particular The Electricity at Work regulations 1989.
In 1996 he became MD of the National Association of Professional Inspectors & Testers, which today has a nationwide membership and is a government sponsored ‘Competent Persons Scheme’ for electrical safety. During this period, Ian gained recognition from the Engineering Council and achieved ‘Incorporated Engineer’ status, reflecting his level of knowledge and experience in electrical safety matters.
Ian joined the Lowe Group (later to become NECTA) in 1998 as MD, with the specific task of initiating and growing a market leading electrical safety department. The organisation expanded over the next 10 years, employing some 250 people, working on bespoke safety systems, for a varied blue chip client base and with a turnover, in excess of £20m. NECTA’s reputation and structured development was recognised within the market place and the organisation was subsequently purchased by Connaught in September 2008.
After 18 months, Ian left Connaught in February 2010 and once again joined forces with his former NECTA colleagues to embark on an exciting new venture – Guardian Electrical Compliance Ltd.