Ian has a degree in Economics and Law from Keele University and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to Z/Yen, Ian led Binder Hamlyn's management consultancy's financial management systems work. Ian co-founded Z/Yen in 1994. At Z/Yen, Ian specialises in strategic planning and systematic performance improvement in both the civil society sector practice (which he leads) and also commercial sectors.
Z/Yen assignments include reviews and strategies with The Church of England, UNISON, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London Stock Exchange, Macaw, The Financial Laboratory (a joint venture which included Barclays Capital, Royal & Sun Alliance, Silicon Graphics and others), Institute of Fundraising, PDSA, Charityshare, Barnardo's, National Trust, Marine Stewardship Council, Rethink, The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, British Red Cross Society, Action For Blind People, BEN, The Children's Society, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Charity Logistics, WWF, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Women's Royal Voluntary Service, the General Social Care Council, PEFC, Deutsche Bank, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
Ian regularly leads award-winning work, such as Charityshare's partnership award, Ideal Hardware's HR Award for its rewards framework and the Marine Stewardship Council's Best Practice award for its strategic planning and governance review.
Ian has also been deploying predictive analytics in interesting ways for the civil society sector, including membership retention/recruitment, grant-making effectiveness and improving fundraising returns.
Ian is a life member of the Gresham Society, a former chair of the judging panel for the National Payroll Giving Awards and of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT's Ethics Group. He is also a regular contributor of articles for the business and not-for-profit press and is co-author, together with Michael Mainelli, of the practical book "IT for the Not-for-Profit Sector", the best-selling novel "Clean Business Cuisine" and most recently the award-winning book The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions.
Some of Ian's many articles can be found here.