Ian graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 1978 with a degree in law. He joined commodities merchant, Gill & Duffus Ltd and built up their treasury, becoming a director in 1984.
In 1989 he joined Record Currency Management Ltd as director responsible for sales, over the years covering the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australasia. Record floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2007. Ian now works for Oxygen Finance Ltd.