Since establishing as an independent consultant, Ian has worked on a wide variety of projects for clients in the public, private and not for profit sectors and has particular interests in community engagement, planning policy and Green Infrastructure. He has worked as an Enabler with CABE Space in these areas and helped to develop the Spaceshaper community consultation tool. He is an accredited Enabler (BEE) for Design Council CABE and for the Glass-house Community Led Design.
In April 2013, Ian was appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority.He serves on the Planning Committee there.
He also pursues his support for good landscape planning, design and management in his voluntary activities. These include:
Landscape Institute - Vice President 2013 - 2017; member of Council; member of Policy Committee. Also represents the LI on Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG), with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Natural England. Principal contributor to the LI policy statement on Green Infrastructure; helped to initiate NBS Landscape as a standard specification source and to promote the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, used as a standard work of reference.
British Standards - Member of B/213 Committee on Trees and Landscape; BS5837 on Trees and Construction and BS8545 on Tree Establishment in the Landscape.
THe is an experienced presenter, having addressed a number of conferences and seminars and run training workshops on a range of topics to both professional and lay audiences. He has spoken at seminars for Ecobuild 2011 and chaired a session at the ICF national conference on Trees and the Urban Environment. In 2009 and 2011, he addressed an international conference at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, on Green Infrastructure and the value of landscape.
He also lectures, in conjunction with Colin Moore Associates, to landscape graduates preparing for their Chartership examinations on Planning, Environmental Policy and Professional Conduct.
Prior to establishing as a consultant, Ian managed planning policy, landscape and conservation services at Hart Council in Fleet, Hampshire. Previously he worked with London-based architects, FRHJ, on commercial landscape designs and with the London Borough of Camden on trees and landscape in planning.
Ian's local government experience has embraced planning policy and LDF management, project management, development briefs, community consultation, landscape character assessment, environmental design, grounds maintenance management, tree preservation and acting as an expert witness at planning inquiries. He has also applied his role within the planning sphere to provide critical assessment and reviews on a wide range of development proposals, with emphasis upon landscape, urban design and tree issues.
Messing around with and learning more about photography, cooking, music and France and playing with his two young twin daughters.