Joined British Gas in 1978 as an assistant engineer within operational and design departments of the distribution section, finally taking operational management position as a district engineer with North West Gas.
From 1990 to 1993 Ian was seconded to British Gas International and worked in Eastern Europe and Western Russia team developing gas distribution networks, maintenance of gas distribution networks, training and became involved in the transfer of British Gas technologies to developing gas companies, throughout Europe.
During the period of 1994 to 1999 Ian returned to the UK main gas business and was part of the team that introduced competition within the gas industry to enable suitable qualified companies to install and commission pipelines within the UK, that would ultimately be "adopted" by National Grid. This was further extended by developing the relationships between Transco and other Gas Transporters.
In 1999 Ian joined Lattices energy services, as a Project Development Manager, concentrating initially on high value gas connections. He also led the team that designed the UK's largest CNG filling station in Crewe Cheshire and was Project Manager during the construction phase.
In 2003 Ian joined a family owned utility contracting company initially as the Gas Engineering Manager however was quickly promoted to Special Projects Manager. This included the project management from conceptual design through to final construction of significant utility infrastructure projects such as the new Robin Hood Airport project in Doncaster (£6.2million) and more recently on the Media City development, Salford (new BBC buildings (£9.3million). Works here involved not only the installation of gas infrastructure but also a high level of civil engineering works, High and Low Voltage electric and high pressure water fire-fighting networks.