Ian has an active involvement in conservation and is on the management committee of Capricorn Conservation Council (CCC).
He is an electrical engineer and has previously been employed in the telecommunications industry and as an engineering lecturer at CQU. He also operated a small contracting business engaged in mine site revegetation with an emphasis on dry-rainforest.
Ian is a member of the Central Qld Mine Rehabilitation Group. He was elected to the FBA Board in 2013.