Representing: Isle of Wight Council
Political grouping: Independent
Isle of Wight born and bred, Ian took early retirement from BT. He then started an independent communication consultancy, until he was elected as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in 2001, after which he started the family bed/furniture business.
In May 2005 Ian was re-elected as an Independent Councillor, and in successfully retaining his seat in subsequent local elections, he became Leader of the Isle of Wight (IOW) Council in May 2013. He is now the IOW Execuitve Member for Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
In September 2014 Ian was appointed as the Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism & Sport Board. The Board looks to raise the profile of the arts, support local councils to achieve an increase in physical activity, and realise the benefits of a thriving visitor economy.
For Ian “support of tourism infrastructure is vital, with investment in culture a proven regeneration tool. I feel that by extending the use of libraries with a variety of community activity we will assist in making them self-sufficient enabling them to grow beyond a facility available only for reading and the literary arts. I look forward to expanding our tourism offer through Visit England.”
The Board also look to maximise the benefits of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The Board seeks to build on the legacy of these Games in bringing together public health, economic development and communities. For Ian “the spirit and legacy of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games is something we need to harness and take forward and make sustainable. Supporting councils will ensure that investment is made at grass-roots level and assist in achieving the longevity of this legacy.”