Ian works with the SEUK executive team to design and deliver its leadership and business experience programmes to support members make sense of a rapidly changing and disrupted world. This includes bespoke study visits to best in class businesses and social enterprises, thought leader interviews and presentations as well as roundtable discussions
Ian is Managing Director of the Disruptive Innovators Network, a forum he established in 2018 for leaders interested in understanding and responding to how businesses are being disrupted and where real innovation is coming from. He has worked at senior executive level as a Director/Deputy Chief Executive for the last 15 years, most recently at HouseMark the social housing sectors data and business improvement organisation. His expertise lies in building cross sector business experience programmes and leaders’ networks. In his work he has developed close partnerships with the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Telefonica, AO.com and BT.
He led on the establishment of the social housing sectors first crowd funded start up accelerator, Evolve. An innovative programme involving 18 housing providers which attracted over 80 submissions from start-ups from across the world wanting to develop solutions for social housing.
He has a particular focus on business innovation, culture, new technologies and improving the customer experience. He has Directorships with Disruption Hub, a 20,000 strong community of innovators and boutique leadership consultancy, Unforgiving Minute, He is an innovation advisor for LMarks a start-up investment accelerator. From a social impact perspective, he is also retained by Social Enterprise UK and is a Director of Five Lamps, a charity working in the fields of enterprise, affordable lending and social care. He is currently retained by a number of the largest Housing Associations helping them build capacity and capability in the innovation space to take advantage of the opportunities that disruption is bringing.