Ian is the non-executive Chairman of Iomart plc, Computer Application Services Ltd., Caspian Learning Ltd. and the Interactive Design Institute Ltd. He founded a technology start-up company Office Workstations Ltd. in 1984 and has since been involved in the establishment of many new interactive technology businesses.
His experience in the field of charitable activities includes being Chairman of Connect Scotland, which linked academic researchers with entrepreneurs and a trustee of the Saltire Foundation which provides targeted international management training and experience to mid-career Scottish executives.
He is a board member and trustee of Dynamic Earth (Edinburgh's Science Centre), and the National Museums of Scotland. He is also a non-executive director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.