Ian enjoys an environment of listening, learning and interest in the motives, passions and beliefs of all. His early career in supply chain environments - factory floors, truck yards, production lines - demanded personal breadth and resilience and delivered diversity in challenges in return, always with workers at the centre. ‘Connect with people, respect their opinions, engage with their needs’ is counsel Ian considers fundamental in successful outcomes with his own colleagues/employees, as with customers and suppliers.
After graduating with an Honors Degree in Human Physiology from the University of Aberdeen, Ian began a 3 decade career in supply chain leadership, working with GlaxoSmithKline, The Linde Group, and global clients like Tesco, Walmart/Asda and Marks and Spencer. Ian spent 12 years leading businesses with GIST in the UK, initially running large operating sites of c500 employees, latterly growing sales and strengthening key customer relationships.
Prior to joining Own The Room, Ian served as the Head of Global Governance at the Linde Group, working in both Brazil and the UK. He led a $2B transport best practice team and managed employee engagement, efficiency, service excellence and safety standards for a distributed team across 70 countries. Ian is Lean Sigma Trained and fluent in English and Portuguese.
When he’s not training leaders around the world, Ian loves combining his passions for sports and the outdoors. He recently played veteran soccer in Brazil for two years, is a scratch handicap in golf, is an active road biker (he completed the Mallorca 312 kilometer ride in 2017 and 2018). He recalls hiking the 211-mile John Muir Trail in California with lifelong pals as one of his richest experiences. Ian draws inspiration and pride in equal measure from his two daughters, one in medical school and one pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at his alma mater.