A former Captain of the 21 SAS, Ian started his career as an engineer. He was posted overseas and managed large construction projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Hong Kong, and Oman.
On entering finance, Ian spent more than 30 years at Salomon Brothers and, then, JPMorgan. Appointed Chairman of Equity Capital Markets in 2000, he became Vice-Chairman of JPMorgan and Chairman of Global Debt and Equity Capital Markets, leaving at the end of 2012. He came up with the idea and was the driving force behind the bank's joint venture with Cazenove in the UK in 2005.
In addition, between 1994 and 2013, he advised global companies on their financing and expansion. For example, he was the key relationship banker to SAB, helping a small brewery in South Africa become a global giant. He advised it on its numerous debt and equity raises; led on their IPO in London, and advised on their merger with Miller to form SABMiller.
Also known as the ‘King of Mining’, he helped float mining heavyweights BHP Billiton, Vedanta and Xstrata; bought together Glencore and Xstrata in a $90 billion deal, and pioneered JPMorgan’s mining activities in Afghanistan and Kurdistan.
Outside of business, he is a passionate believer in providing young people with the skills and experiences they need to make a success of themselves. He is a founder of The Ulysses Trust, which provides UK cadets and reservists with financial support to develop themselves through global expeditions.
In June 2014, Ian was appointed a governor of the world-leading London Business School. Having been re-elected in 2018, he is due to complete his third and final governorship in 2020. Alongside other governors, he is responsible for overseeing the finances, property, business, academic and non-academic affairs of the school.