Ian has worked in education since graduating from Cambridge University. He led a modern languages department and a sixth form before becoming headteacher of a large comprehensive in Kent. The school was graded outstanding and is a Teaching School and SCITT. Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14. Ian now leads a MAT which includes free schools, is an Ofsted inspector and was a HTB member 2014-17. He chaired a review of Modern Languages in 2016, is a trustee of NFER, is a board member at Ofqual, and is a Department for Education advisor on RSE, modern languages and character education. He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to education.