Ian is the Chairman of Mesophotonics Limited.
He started his professional career at the STL laboratory
(now Nortel Technology) in Harlow in 1968 and worked there
until 1998. He is best known for his innovative design on
the world's first 'professional' radio on a silicon chip,
and its use in radiopaging. He also patented ideas that led
to the 'CT2' digital cordless telephone standard.
Ian was honoured by the Queen with an MBE in 1988 for his
innovations in the design and manufacture of radio equipment
for communications and navigation.
Having managed various R&D functions including semiconductor
process and design facilities, as well as running a defence
communications business, and starting up several new divisions
of STC (formerly Standard Telephones and Cables plc) he set
up and, became Group Managing Director of, BNR Europe, following
the acquisition of STC by Northern Telecom in 1991. This was
a 1500 person R&D activity of the Nortel group concerned
with all aspects of telecommunications design and technology.
In 1994, he moved further into the commercial world and became
Group Managing Director, Public Networks, dealing with all
of the public network products for Nortel in Europe.
By 1998 at his retirement from the company he had become
Vice President and Chief Engineer of Nortel plc responsible
for all products from Nortel into the European markets. At
this time he also was responsible for External, Government
and Community relations, spending much of his time addressing
audiences far and wide on a rich variety of topics. Inside
the company he was often to be found working as MC for customer
and employee events.
He is President of his own consulting company, Amazing Communications
Limited, and a director of MLL Telecom. He has acted as CTO
at Europe Online Networks SA, a broadband internet over satellite
start-up, for two years. Additionally he was President of
the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI) in 1998-99,
Chairman of Cyberexports Ltd (which created the UK's trade
web site tradeuk.com), and Chairman of North London Leadership
Ltd, a public private organisation working on the re-generation
of the North London sub-region.
He is member of the board of London First and holds an honorary
doctorate from Middlesex University.
His outside work interests include modern architecture, design
and contemporary ceramics.