Ian has a proven and trusted development model which has galvanised many school communities, who, as a result, are now more involved in school life and more financially supportive.
His fundraising programmes have generated transformational levels of support, including funding for scholarships and bursaries, new building programmes, sporting initiatives, theatres and science, art and technology facilities. His experience also includes securing major funding from international constituents in the UK, USA, Russia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australia.
Ian was one of the first school development professionals in Australia to earn CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) accreditation and has a career spanning over 27 years in Australia, the UK and Europe. He has also influenced the growth of the development profession in the UK and Europe, having been a past Chairman and current Ambassador of the IDPE; a former President of ADAPE (now Educate Plus) and board member of CASE Europe.
Ian is also the only individual to be awarded ‘Fellowship’ of both IDPE in the UK and Educate Plus in Australia, alongside being a member of the Educate Plus Awards judging panel. He is also a COBIS international schools development consultant.
As a prominent school development consultant, he is a regular on the presenting circuit at development conferences. Ian provides advice on the management of development and alumni relation programmes, mentoring Heads, Governors, management committees and those new to the profession, with recent conference and seminar presentations including HMC, COBIS (in Bucharest and Prague), IDPE, AMDIS and seminars for Swiss Schools in Geneva. Most recently, Ian presented at the Catholic Independent Schools Conference in Oxford and the IDPE UK/Europe conference.
Ian is an Associate Consultant with leading fundraising consultancy Action Planning, one of the UK’s leading providers of management of fundraising and development programmes in all charitable sectors. Ian provides the expertise for the education sector. With his vast marketing experience, he works closely with MTM Consulting, the UK leader in market research, strategy and marketing services for schools and colleges.
“Ian revitalised the spirit of our school when charged with directing our 50th anniversary celebrations. His professionalism and attention to detail made for a momentous occasion that truly showcased our school in the beautiful Swiss Alps. What makes Ian unique is that he is passionate about greatness and working with others to bring out their best.”
Stephen Dexter Jr, Former Headmaster, Leysin American School, Switzerland