Ian has over 30 years’ experience at board level, working primarily in the packaging industry. He has worked for large corporations; Metsäboard UK, David S Smith Packaging Plc, AssiDoman Packaging, CRP Print & Packaging, as well being involved in start-ups and smaller companies.
In 2005 Ian founded the specialist sustainable packaging innovations/marketing company PortaBrands Ltd, where a number of products received Starpack Innovation Awards, which are still in use today. He sold the company in 2010 to advise companies and brands to maximise their potential. Clients have included; The Less Packaging Company, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Costa, Burts Chips, Bulk Powders, Pots & Co and Ugo Foods to name a few. He is co-owner of Reelbrands and co-editor of The Delicatessen Magazine. He is also a senior advisor to the board of Transcend Packaging and APP – A Plastic Planet.
Ian is strategic, commercial and creative with a hands-on management style; he describes himself as a marketer and sustainable packaging expert. He is married, and has a 21 year old son, who is interested in conservation. Ian successfully lobbied Maldon District Council to go plastic free, by launching the Maldon Bag for Life Project in 2007, he has also competed in the Maldon Mud Race to raise funds for WaterAid.
Ian enjoys scuba diving, alpine skiing and cycling.