Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ian has a passion for business innovation, technology, people, and the environment. Ian’s personal experience and belief is that businesses can and should play a key role safegaurding the environment and the societies in which we all operate.
Co-founding BusinessThriver to build a global platform to help businesses create commercial, environmental, and social value was a natural progression in his business journey.
Ian grew up in an entrepreneurial family where business was run from the garden shed and the kitchen table. Ian has an MSc from Bristol University in Macro Economics, Development Administration and Planning, majoring in fair trade. He went on to consult for the Overseas Development Administration helping SMEs in Kenya and The Body Shop International, working closely with Anita Roddick on Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights. It was at The Body Shop where Ian gained first hand experience of an international business that could combine commercial success with environmental and social impact at its core.
These exepriences had an impact on Ian as he set up businesses of his own, the first of which was from a humble garage in Bow. Over the last two decades Ian successfully scaled his businesses through organic growth and acquisitions, employing over 1,500 people.
Ever the opportunist and adventurer, he has sailed a yacht to India, travelled around Central America in the 1990’s and drove a Land Rover across Southern Africa. Ian has a great family around him and an amazing wife who has supported him through thick and thin. Ian desperately tries to keep up with his daughters on the tennis court and follows his passions for sailing, photography, and sampling the odd pint with anyone willing to put up with his under par jokes.