Ian has been an active campaigner for the local community and has stood in local council elections in the Abercynon ward of Rhondda Cynon Taff in early 2017 and again in the General Election of 2017 for the Cynon Valley Constituency.
Ian has occupied several community roles serving as a Magistrate in Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil as well as Vice Chair of Pontypridd High School Governing body and Vice Chair and Assistant Observatory Manager of Cardiff Astronomical Society, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. He has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
As a former Flight Lieutenant Commissioned Officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAF VRT), Ian has run three Air Cadet Squadrons within the Air Training Corps. He is Vice Chair of the Treorchy Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).
Ian started work in the Structure Planning Department of Mid Glamorgan County Council in 1977, and since then has worked for BT including planning Super-Fast Broadband, essential for rural communities and for making Wales attractive to businesses.
Ian enjoys studying languages and foreign culture. He passed the Japanese Ministry of Education exam in Japanese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and gained a Diploma in Chinese Language and Culture at the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.