Ian was born in Hull and was educated at Hymers College and then as an architect at the Hull School of Architecture. In 1960 he went to Manchester to study Country planning at the University before working for the Cities of Manchester and Salford and Lancasire County Council. In 1973 he was appointed the Chief Planning Office of the Borough of Rossendale a post he held unti taking early retirement in 1982.
Ian was a member of the Victorian Society, two civic societies in the North West and lectured widely to amenity groups in Northern England. He was a keen fell walker, drawer and photographer as well as writing “Grassington towards the Millenium” supported by other Field Society members.