Ian joins the Board in July 2019.
Having consistently promoted lifelong learning, higher and further education. An expert in biomass production, woodland creation, land management and renewable energy, Ian has held various posts in the private sector. He is currently the Director of Strategy at MKM Technology Ltd, the Director of Connections at Renewables North East and the Founder and non-executive director of Fresh Element. He has helped to create companies and has previously been a director of 13 limited companies involved with technology start-up businesses.
Ian has been a senior regional representative to Government on Environmental and sustainability issues for 10 years, and has held a Secretary of State position as Forestry Commission FWAC Chair since April 2004, as well as Environment Agency advisor for 17 years, acting as a non-executive for the north east and Yorkshire and Humberside.