Master of the Stationers’ Company 2016 -2017
Educated at Forest School, London E17, Ian went on to read Jurisprudence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. On graduating, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a trainee, became a buyer and then 2 years later joined IBM as a salesman. Ian specialised in large customers with very expensive mainframes and then moved onto Amdahl in a similar position.
In 1985 Ian decided to start his own business beginning with Digital Publishing Systems and subsequently Media Systems Limited (MSL) in 1993; in both cases selling computer systems to publishers, mainly newspaper and magazine publishers. MSL remains Ian’s principal business activity but he has also invested in website creation software and most recently in CanvasFlow, which is an HTML5 authoring tool highly effective for creating and delivering creative content for both digital and printed use.
Ian is a keen tennis player, gardener and bon viveur, with an interest in French wines and vintage port.